FIVE Namibian women who were arrested at Sao Paulo Airport in Brazil on charges of drug trafficking were recently released on parole and are doing community service.
According to Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, spokesperson for the Namibian Police, the incidents where the women were lured to Brazil with promises of large cash payments took place between 2016 and 2018. The five drug mules were recruited in Windhoek to collect parcels of different kinds of sales goods in Sao Paolo.
“These women were all recruited in Windhoek to collect parcels such as Brazilian hair, shoes and clothing. Upon leaving Brazil, they were apprehended at the airport after large amounts illicit drugs were found in their baggage. They were charged and each ultimately sentenced to five years imprisonment,” she said.
Chief Inspector Shikwambi appealed to young women to be vigilant and not to fall prey to drug dealers who promise large amounts of cash. “
We are hereby warning the public about the syndicate of drug dealers who recruit young unsuspecting Namibian women to unwittingly become drug mules,” said Shikwambi.