Customs intercepts N$600 000 worth of Mandrax...a millions of dollars worth of fake products countrywide

April 17, 2018, 4:44pm

Regional, national and international operations carried out by the Directorate and Customs Excise resulted in the interception of Mandrax tablets with a street value of N$687 500 at Namibia’s borders.

This addictive pill has been classified as the drug of choice for the largest parts of the South African population with South Africa leading the pack with the world’s most avid Mandrax users.

Medically known as Methaqualone, the drug is a sedative formally used to treat sleeping problems and allows the body to enter into a state of deep relaxation but has increasingly become popular in the under-word as a recreational or club drug.

An overdose of Mandrax can cause hallucinations, convulsions, vomiting, kidney failure, coma and can lead to death through cardiac or respiratory arrest. 

A crime reports issued last year indicated that a customs official at Gobabis had busted 6 875 Mandrax tablets valued at N$825 000 hidden in a bag behind a room at the customs offices in Gobabis.

Suspicions were that a truck driver had hidden them prior to taking his truck for scanning and no arrests were reportedly made.