… As police net drugs valued at N$652 745
By Marianne Nghidengwa
DRUGS valued at N$652 745 were confiscated by the police between January and July this year.
This was confirmed by Nampol Head of Public Relations, Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi this week, who told Confidente that 136 095kg cannabis, valued at N$408 285, 1 520 mandrax tablets, worth N$182 400, 59 grams of cocaine powder, valued at N$ 29 500, 316 units of crack cocaine, worth N$ 31 600 and eight ecstasy tablets, valued at N$960, were netted in the country during police arrests over the period.
He said that 394 Namibians and 229 foreign nationals were arrested in connection with the smuggling of the illicit drugs.
Kanguatjivi said that drug traffickers have developed a variety of inventive ways to hide their cargo, which sometimes results in the police finding it difficult to detect the drugs.
He added that the illegal drugs are normally sold on the black market to the general public, who are addicted to the substances.
The police commissioner said that the link between crime and drugs is increasingly affecting country.
“Namibia used to be a consumer country, but has now begun to produce and traffic in drugs, which means that the victims include countless drug addicts, which support their drug habits by committing crimes.”
Kanguatjivi said that the police were closing in on drug rings, while emphasising that successes have been achieved, in terms of enforcement measures, and that they continue to curb drug trafficking.
“At the same time, it is essential to recognise the social roots of the drug problem, and the need for cooperation. The drug trade is dependent on demand, and only by developing strategies, can we curb drug abuse and trafficking.”
He, however, said that although the force has beefed up its control measures at the country’s borders to combat drug smuggling, combating the trade has been challenging.
“There are inherent challenges in curtailing the illicit drug trade across our borders. Amongst them is the vastness of the borders itself, as well as the ever-evolving illicit drug trafficking trends that confront law enforcement officials. Despite the challenges we face, strategies are in place with our counterparts (from other countries), to reduce the illegal cross-border drug trade.”
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