Numerous persons arrested for possesion of drugs

Successful operations

04 June 2021 | Crime

Inspector Ileni Shapumba; Nampol spokesperson; “Without the members of the public sharing information, we are unable to succeed in apprehending suspects.”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]


The Erongo Drug Law Enforcement Sub-division registered several successes in the fight against illicit drugs.

Unit members confiscated drugs worth N$80 390 and arrested 14 people.

The biggest bust for the weekend was in Karibib on Sunday, where a man (54) and a woman (56) were arrested for possession of drugs valued N$50 720. A third suspect who is known, has not yet been arrested.

The police managed to confiscate 180 ballies of cannabis (majad 225g), 65 bankies and one big parcel of cannabis (skunk, 895g) and 31 full mandrax tablets.

Commander for community affairs in Erongo, Inspector Illeni Shapumba, said it was a successful weekend for the Erongo Drug Law Enforcement Sub-division.

“We applaud members for the effective operations they conducted as well as members of the public for sharing information. Without the latter, we are unable to succeed in apprehending suspects.”

Shapumba encouraged community members with information pertaining to crime in the region to share it with the police.

“This will enable us to take appropriate action and to make sure we protect our communities against dealing and the use of illicit drugs.”

Friday

The first bust took place on Friday afternoon in Omaruru, where a man (27) was arrested for dealing after selling drugs to an undercover police officer. He was found in possession of 47 bankies of cannabis (skunk 245g), 52 ballies of cannabis (majad 105g), 12 full, as well as two halves and six quarters of mandrax tablets with a total value of N$15 040. An amount of N$7 322 in cash was also confiscated.

Two men (aged 28 and 23) were also arrested later the same day for dealing, after a test buy.

The police recovered 47 small bankies of cannabis (skunk, 30 g), 11 full, one half and two quarters of mandrax tablets, two units of crack cocaine with and total estimated value of N$3 230. Members of the drug law enforcement squad also confiscated N$11 545 in cash.

Saturday busts

A woman (23) and a 34-year-old man were arrested for dealing after a test buy operation on Saturday morning at Okambahe. The woman was found in possession of 23 ballies of cannabis (majad 35g), along with three full, one half and 1 quarter of mandrax tablets valued at around N$800.

A 24-year-old man was arrested for dealing during a second bust made at Okambahe. He was found with 89 bankies of cannabis (skunk 70g), and eight full and four quarters of mandrax tablets with an estimated value of N$4 610. Cash amounting to N$649 was also confiscated.

In the third arrest at Okambahe, a 33-year-old man was arrested for being in possession of two bankies of cannabis valued at N$20 on Saturday morning.

A man (35) was arrested for being in possession of five half and three quarters mandrax tablets with an estimated value of N$390 on Saturday afternoon in Omaruru. In the same town, a 23-year-old man was arrested for being in possession of two ballies of cannabis and one parcel of cannabis (majad) with an estimated value of N$1 250 in the toilets in Okadila Bar.

Sunday busts

A 32-year old man was arrested in Karibib for being in possession of 75 ballies of cannabis (majad, 95g), 59 bankies of cannabis (skunk 5g) with an estimated value of N$4 330. A cash amount of N$407 was also confiscated.

A 32-year-old man was searched by the police and they managed to confiscate 75 ballies of cannabis (majad, 95g), 59 bankies of cannabis (skunk, 85), three full, one half and two quarters of mandrax tablets with an estimated value of N$4 330. An amount of N$407 was also confiscated.

Training day on Saturday

The Erongo governor's Think Big Initiative, a community development programme led by the office of the governor, is conducting a community drug awareness and training day at the Narraville Community Hall on Saturday (5 June 2021) at 08:00.

Law enforcement, mental health professionals as well as ex-offenders will be present as well as young people from the Walvis Bay community.

The private sector has been invited to see how they can partner with the office of the governor with regard to response programmes to the drug abuse challenge facing coastal communities.

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