20 Feb 2018 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 20 FEB (NAMPA) An alleged Angolan drug mule arrested by members of the Namibian Police Forces Drug Law Enforcement Unit over the weekend upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport in the capital, was on Tuesday refused bail.
Kula Lorenco, 52, was refused bail when he made his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrates Court along Mungunda Street in Katutura following strong objections by the prosecuting authority.
Public Prosecutor Victoria Thompson objected to the granting of bail to the alleged drug mule on the grounds that the police investigations into the matter are still at a premature stage and for fear of the accused absconding from Namibia to his native country or other countries in efforts to evade prosecution.
However, Lorenco told presiding Magistrate Michelle Kubersky that he will in the next few weeks look for the service of a privately-instructed defence lawyer and will bring a formal bail application before court in order to be released on bail.
He appeared before court in person with no legal representation and his case was remanded until 20 June 2018 for further police investigations and to allow the police to obtain the results of the forensic examinations from the National Forensic Laboratory of Namibia in respect of the drugs found in his possession.
Lorenco is facing a charge of illegal dealing in cocaine.
He was arrested on Sunday during a joint operation between NamPol and the Brazil Federal Police through Interpol, which alerted the Namibian authorities on a possible drug mule travelling via Johannesburg, South Africa from Sao Paolo, Brazil to Hosea Kutako International Airport.
The accused was intercepted upon arrival in Windhoek and immediately arrested.
He was taken for a medical examination at Katutura State Hospital and a total of 70 capsules suspected to contain cocaine was found in his rectum.
The substances were flushed out of his rectum and weighed, carrying a street value of about N.dollars 245 000.
In a media statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday, NamPol spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi warned both Namibians and foreigners to refrain from dealing in drugs as they will suffer the harsh consequences once arrested.