NamPol official remanded in custody for alleged drug theft

27 Jan 2014 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JAN (NAMPA) - A senior official of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has been remanded in custody after he appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court last Friday for allegedly stealing cocaine and cameras.
Chief Inspector Freddy Basson from NamPol’s Drug Enforcement Unit was arrested and charged with the theft of cocaine and cameras valued at N.dollars 21 650 last week.
The accused is also alleged to have been selling drugs confiscated by NamPol, reportedly to Congolese drug dealers who would then sell the drugs to Namibian nationals.
Basson made his first appearance before Magistrate Justine Asino, and his rights were explained to him.
He opted to engage a private lawyer and will be allowed to lodge a formal bail application.
Magistrate Asino said the case is postponed to 16 April 2014 for further investigations and for the accused to obtain the services of a legal representative.
Basson will be remanded in custody at the Windhoek Police Station as Prosecutor Samantha Diergaardt, who acted on behalf of the State, feared that he will interfere with ongoing investigations into the matter.