Residents of the Hermes neighbourhood of Walvis Bay looked on in surprise as police assisted by municipal traffic officials swooped in on a drug dealer in their midst.
The suspect, the 28-year-old Lee-Roy Murphy, was sitting in his car in Hidipo Hamutenya Street next to the school yard of the Duneside High School when members of the police approached to affect the arrest.
According to the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the arrest was the result of a special operation by members of the drug law enforcement division.
“The suspect was found with 385 grams of Cannabis in his possession. A second suspect was also taken into custody when officers discovered half a gram of the illicit drug in his possession.”
The second suspect was identified as the 27-year-old Jean Pierre Joseph. Both the suspects are scheduled to make their first appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Friday morning.
Murphy was charged with possession and dealing in illicit drugs while Joseph will only face a charge of possession.
A third man was taken into custody but after questioning by police officers, he was set free.
According to Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu the value of the drugs confiscated from the two suspects is estimated to be about N$3 870.