Alcohol, drugs the order of the day

Lockdown crimes

01 May 2020 | Crime

Inspector Ileni Shapumba, regional police: “There are many ways people are acquiring alcohol during lockdown.”

Walvis Bay

With the lockdown still in place across the country, certain crimes are in the spotlight. Various restrictions were also put in place during this time, including the sale of alcohol.
However, two people in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund respectively, still managed to be caught for drunk driving.
According to regional crime coordinator deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, in Walvis Bay on Wednesday at midnight, a 39-year old woman drove her vehicle into the petrol pump at a service station, causing damage to the value of N$120 000.
“She was arrested after she allegedly drove a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or narcotic drugs into the petrol pump at the service station.”
She was released on N$8 000 bail and her case was postponed for further investigation.

Last week Sunday, a 31-year old man was arrested for drunk driving in the DRC suburb of Swakopmund. He was released on N$8 000 bail.
“He was caught while driving his vehicle at around 01:20, allegedly under the influence of alcohol.”

Inspector Ileni Shapumba, community affairs commander, said that they have their suspicions on how people are acquiring alcohol during this time. “There are many ways, people are even delivering alcohol through couriers while others are delivering to clients on order. People are taking any possible chance. On Thursday a certain club was open, and pensioners were arrested and charged for buying and selling alcohol during the lockdown period in Walvis Bay. This was the second time they were caught for the same crime. They both paid fines on the spot. We are still trying to understand what is causing senior citizens to act in such a manner.”

Narcotics
Three people were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday for possession as well as dealing in drugs.
According to Ikuyu, a 17-year old boy was arrested on Wednesday afternoon around 17:44 in the DRC location of Swakopmund. “He was arrested on charges of dealing in cannabis and mandrax. During a test buy, he was found with 30 ballies of cannabis, as well as 30 quarter mandrax tablets. The combined value of the illicit drugs were N$1 000.”
The suspect will appear at the Swakopmund magistrate’s court after the long weekend.
In another incident, two suspects were arrested on Thursday around 18:45 in Mondesa Swakopmund. Ikuyu said the duo was charged for being in possession of cannabis and crack cocaine.
“They were found in possession of two pieces of crack cocaine, and one ballie of cannabis valued at N$220 during a police action.”
They too will appear in the Swakopmund magistrate’s court next week.

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