Alleged cannabis smugglers denied bail at Karasburg

28 May 2013 09:10
WINDHOEK, 28 MAY (NAMPA) - Two suspects arrested for transporting cannabis into the country on Friday were denied bail, pending further police investigations into the matter.
The two alleged drug smugglers were apprehended at the Ariamsvlei border post in the Karas Region.
They made their first appearance in the Karasburg District Court on Monday morning, and now remain in police custody.
Officials at the Karasburg District Court told Nampa on enquiry Tuesday that the duo was, however, told to bring formal bail applications before court if they want to be released.
They are Thompson Trucks? driver Edwin Pieter Titus, 35, and the alleged owner of the cannabis consignment, Ambrosius Hinaunye, 33. They are both Namibian nationals.
The case was then remanded until 26 June this year, as police investigations into the matter were still at an initial stage.
A media statement issued by the Customs? and Excise Department in the Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Monday had it that the two men were arrested with 10 bags of cannabis of 1 000 parcels each.
It weighs about 207, 66 kilogrammes, and is valued at N.dollars 622 980.
The drugs were discovered in the first trailer of the truck after several hours of physical examination by a team of Customs? officials and members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).