//Karas police continue fight against drugs

25 Sep 2013 10:20
KEETMANSHOOP, 25 SEP (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police at Keetmanshoop on Sunday arrested a 33-year-old suspect after he was allegedly found in possession of dagga.
The man, a Namibian citizen, was driving a truck containing 277 kilogrammes of dagga worth N.dollars 830 000 from South Africa through Ariamsvlei, when the police arrested him 30 kilometres before Karasburg.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s //Karas Commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute told Nampa on Wednesday the drugs were hidden in 10 drums loaded on the back of the truck.
“He tried to evade arrest by offloading the drugs under a bridge when he learned the police are following him, but was arrested in the process,” Shivute said.
He used the opportunity to thank members of the public who continue to notify the police about drug dealers, leading to successful arrests.
“We are grateful to people who help us curb drugs. Had it not been for them these drugs would have ended up on our streets. We have been very successful in arresting drug dealers from South Africa and our counterparts from that country have applauded us for our good work,” Shivute stated.
He said the fight to eliminate drug dealers in the region and to stop the distribution of drugs in Namibia is an “everyday job” for his force.
“We confiscate drugs almost every day. However, it is mostly small quantities compared to what we got on Sunday,” the commander said.
NamPol’s Crime Investigations’ Coordinator in the //Karas Region, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak also reported on Wednesday that a 27-year-old suspect was arrested at Lüderitz on Monday for possessing 15 Mandrax tablets.
Isaak said the drugs, valued at N.dollars 700, were found in the suspect’s possession at a house in the New Development residential area during a police random search.
The suspects in both cases were expected to appear in the Karasburg District Court on Wednesday.