Police investigations in N.dollars 1.8 million cannabis case complete

28 Aug 2019 18:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 28 AUG (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force has completed its investigations in a case of five men arrested for the possession of cannabis worth N.dollars 1.8 million in April this year.
George Kangootui, 45; Johannes Brandt, 38; Rudolf Witbooi, 42; Lluweln Joseph, 33; and Vitjuukuaije Tjitemisa, 22, made another appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday before magistrate Olivia Van der Colff - who postponed their case to 20 November for a decision from the prosecutor-general.
The case was also postponed to allow the accused persons to acquire legal representation through the Directorate of Legal Aid in the Ministry of Justice.
During their first court appearance on 23 April, the accused were denied bail because police investigations were at an early stage and because it was not in the public interest for bail to be granted.
All accused are now out on bail of amounts ranging between N.dollars 6 000 and N.dollars 8 000.
The State was represented by Marlon Adams.
The five men were arrested between Keetmanshoop and Tses on 18 April 2019 with the cannabis weighing 216 kilogrammes.
They were spotted and arrested 22 kilometres outside Keetmanshoop by police officers who were heading to court in Keetmanshoop. The police became suspicious when they saw items being loaded from a truck into two smaller cars.
The police also confiscated N.dollars 19 000 from the accused.
One of the accused was driving the truck that entered Namibia from South Africa through the Ariamsvlei border post.