Walvis Bay-bound alcohol confiscated
05 June 2020 | Crime
Ileni Shapumba; Regional community affairs commander; “I urge all residents not to smuggle alcohol into the town.”
The armed forces confiscated liquor concealed in a van belonging to a well-known courier company earlier today.
The van, which belongs to Coastal Couriers, was on its way to Walvis Bay and was stopped and searched at the Swakopmund roadblock where routine checks are being conducted to enforce Stage 1 Covid-19 restrictions on traveling.
The commander for community affairs of the police force in the Erongo region, Inspector Ileni Shapumba, confirmed that a tip-off led to the liquor being discovered hidden in boxes in the van when it was searched.
Shapumba reminded Walvis Bay residents to adhere to the rules and regulations which have been put in place for Walvis Bay during the Stage 1 lockdown.
He urged the public not to smuggle alcohol into the town.
“If you have alcohol at home, which you bought before Walvis Bay reverted to Stage 1 of the lockdown, you can consume it. However, refrain from trying to smuggle liquor into the town.”
Shapumba did not divulge further information on the matter saying the police are still investigating the matter.
The manager of Coastal Couriers, Ilanza Klein, denied having any knowledge of the liquor found in the back of the van.
“I was not aware that alcohol was transported between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay in a van belonging to my company. Clients either collect packages or drop them off at our office. We don’t look inside the boxes.”
Klein said she only became aware of the illegal cargo once the police searched the van at the roadblock.
She said the company will make sure that there will be no boxes containing alcohol being transported by Coastal Couriers to Walvis Bay during the Stage 1 lockdown period.
“We will ensure that all our customers know that they cannot transport alcohol between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay while the harbour town is at Stage 1 lockdown. Going forward, we will take extra steps to make sure that the boxes going to Walvis Bay do not contain any alcohol during this time.”