TWO Congolese nationals and a man from Somalia were arrested at the coast during the State of Emergency crime prevention operations conducted over the past weekend.
According to the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, officers of the Drug Law Enforcement Subdivision, assisted by members of the combined law enforcement squads patrolling during the lockdown, made the first arrest in the Mondesa residential area of Swakopmund on Saturday.
“Two suspects were arrested at a house in Masilo Street when they were found in possession of 170 grams of cocaine powder valued at N$102 000. The suspects are refugees from the Osire Refugee camp, near Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region,” Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu said.
He added that the two Congolese nationals, identified as the 30-year-old Francois Andre Tshibola, also known as Morinio, and the 24-year-old Elisha Ndorihimpa, were given permission to visit Swakopmund but their visiting permits expired on 31 March 2020.
According to Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu, the drugs in their possession, as well as an amount of N$2 320 in cash, was confiscated by the arresting officers.
The suspects made their first appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on charges of dealing and possession of illicit drugs suspected to be cocaine, the contravention of the Namibian Refugee Act and the contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, 29 of 2004.
The second arrest was affected at a house in Agaat Street in the Kuisebmond residential area of Walvis Bay on Saturday.
Two suspects, the 32-yer-old Joseph John Levy, a Namibian, and the 21-year-old Fahmi Abdal, a Somali national, were arrested when they were found possession of two grams of cocaine powder valued N$1 000.
Levy and Abdal were incarcerated in Walvis Bay and made their first appearance the harbour town’s magistrate’s court on charges of dealing and possession of illicit drugs.
Officers of the Drug Law Enforcement Subdivision arrested the 32-year-old Elrich Ulrich Xoagub late on Friday evening near the T49 Bar in Mondesa after he was found in possession two halves and ten quarters of Mandrax tablets valued at N$420.
Xoagub made his first appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on charges of possession and dealing in illicit drugs.