Alleged cocaine dealers remanded in custody in Otjiwarongo

01 Oct 2013 09:20
OTJIWARONGO, 01 OCT (NAMPA) – Two suspected cocaine dealers arrested here on Saturday were remanded in custody after their appearance in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Elsie Katjire, 50, and 33-year-old Theodor Stephanus appeared before Magistrate Helvi Shilemba on charges of dealing in prohibited dependence-producing substances and/or drugs.
The suspects were informed of their legal rights to engage lawyers of their own choice, to apply for State-appointed lawyers through the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate of Legal Aid, or to defend themselves in court.
Katjire opted to apply for a State-sponsored lawyer, while Stephanus indicated that he will acquire a private lawyer.
Katjire then asked the court to grant her bail so that she could take care of her brother’s disabled child at her house.
Magistrate Shilemba set 04 November 2013 as the date when the court will hear her bail application.
Stephanus was told to return to the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on 12 December 2013.
Prosecutor Ndapewa Ndemuweda represented the State today.
The two were arrested at separate places in the Orwetoveni residential area.
Katjire was arrested at her house with cocaine carrying a street value of over N.dollars 2 100, while Stephanus was arrested with cocaine worth N.dollars 4 200.
“We arrested them after a tip-off from members of the public that these two suspects were selling cocaine in Otjiwarongo,” the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations’ Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb, said on Saturday.