Alleged drug mules pleading to charges next year

13 Nov 2013 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 NOV (NAMPA) - Two foreigners arrested in December 2012 for being in possession of an illicit substance, will plead to the charges levelled against them early next year.
Zimbabwean national Priscilla Masa, 26, and 38-year-old Sisa Heather Buthelezi from South Africa made another appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Ingrid Lerato Unengu on Tuesday, after which their case was remanded until 13 February 2014 for plea purposes.
They are charged with dealing in prohibited dangerous substances, the illegal importing of prohibited drugs into Namibia and the illegal possession of prohibited drugs.
“This matter is on the roll today for plea and trial. The two accused persons are represented by Windhoek-based defence lawyer Vetu Uanivi.
After some long deliberations, we came to the conclusion that it will not be practical for the matter to kick off today. This is primarily due to the lack of time. Inevitably, we will also have to remand the matter for transcription.
We, therefore, agreed for the matter to be remanded until 13 February 2014,” the presiding magistrate explained.
The two women were once again remanded in police custody at the Walvis Bay police station's holding cells in the Erongo Region, with no option of posting bail.
They were arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Drug Law-Enforcement Unit, and the substance found in their possession has been identified as Ephedrine Schedule IV, used to manufacture cold/flu medicines and other varieties of medicines.
It is reported that drug-dealers, however, also use this substance to make illicit drugs, amongst others Tik (crystal methamphetamine), Mandrax and Ecstasy.
Public Prosecutor George Mahoney handled the State's case today.