06 Jul 2019 14:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 06 JUL (NAMPA) The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the //Kharas Region on Friday here burned drugs worth N.dollars 9 million, confiscated from as early as 1994.
In a briefing with the media, NamPol crime investigations coordinator for the //Kharas Region, Deputy Commissioner Chrispin Mubebo said the drugs consisted of cannabis, Mandrax tablets and cocaine.
These drugs that are being burned here are of cases that were finalised in court and those responsible were convicted and date from 1994 to 2016, said Mubebo.
He explained that as per set procedures, the exhibits can only be disposed of after a case is finalised and the convicted person has spent at least a year in prison as the person can appeal within a year and those drugs or exhibits should then be present before court.
He noted that most of those convicted are young women and men.
Mubebo commended the force for seizing the drugs, adding that based on the volume, so many lives have been saved or spared.
As you can see here, these drugs are quite a huge amount and it is our people, especially the young ones who want to experiment with everything, he said.
Mubebo urged the public to report all those selling drugs as bringing them to book will contribute to the wellbeing of the community.
The drugs were destroyed at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital incinerator.
In December last year, the police arrested a South African man with cannabis worth N.dollars 2.4 million, which it said was the biggest bust in the region.
In April this year, police arrested five men along the road between Keetmanshoop and Tses with cannabis worth N.dollars 1.8 million.