TWO people living along the Namibian coast have been arrested over the weekend after the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region acted decisively on their promise to stamp out drugs and in communities in the region.
At the start of May this year the Commander of Community Affairs in the Erongo Region, Warrant Officer Ileni Shapumba said the people caught growing cannabis plants at their homes will be dealt with severely. He said despite the recent advocacy for the legalisation of cannabis should not create a false sense of security among the users of the illicit drug.
“It is still against the law for people to have dagga in their possession or to grow the plants at their homes. If we find people that have dagga on them or growing they will be arrested and prosecuted and the police will keep on doing their job until such time that the law is changed,” he said.
The drug law enforcement division n their relentless fight against the prevalence of drugs in communities arrested the 26-year-old Shawn Smetleng at his place of residence at the plots on the Swakop River.
The suspect was charged with the possession illicit drugs after police found 13 dagga plants weighing about 30 grams in his house on Friday.
The drug law enforcement division also arrested the 18-year-old Juandre Gilmore when he was found with dagga and mandrax in his possession in the Narraville neighbourhood of Walvis Bay
According to a report by the Erongo Police the suspect had one crushed mandrax tablet, eight halves of the dangerous mandrax tablets and ten bankies of dagga in his possession when he was accosted by the officers on Saturday. The combined value of the illicit drugs found in the suspect’s possession is estimated to be N$600.