Pregnant mother arrested for drug trafficking

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WINDHOEK – A heavily expectant 31-year-old mother was arrested over the weekend with two men in Otjiwarongo after being found in possession of 14 parcels of cannabis with a street value of N$28 000.

It is alleged that the trio drove on Sunday night from Windhoek to deliver the dagga parcels in Otjiwarongo.

Without their knowledge that the police had followed them from Windhoek, they stopped in Hage Geingob Street in Otjiwarongo. The police search of the vehicle revealed 14 parcels of dagga stuffed in bags hidden under the seats.

The pregnant woman, who is the owner of the vehicle, was arrested around 03h04 with two men aged 21 and 30. The trio are expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court today.

In an unrelated incident, three armed men allegedly robbed a farm owner of his .357 revolver, two cellphones, a wallet containing N$2 200 and his Land Rover car keys in Otavi district after pretending to be police officers and ordering they be allowed to search his house.

It is reported that three suspects entered farm Eeerstelimg some 65 kilometres outside Otavi on Thursday at around 19h30. The trio allegedly arrived at the farm dressed in civilian clothes driving a white sedan vehicle whose green number plates depicted that of a government registered car.

“They came to the farm owner who was with his friend at the time and introduced themselves as members of the Namibian Police. They produced police appointment certificates after they informed the owner that they were doing inspection for illegal firearms. They were taken to the safe inside the house. One of them then pointed a gun at the farm owner and his friend,” Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb, the Otjozondjupa regional crime investigation coordinator said yesterday. Khairabeb said the three suspects locked the 62-year-old farm owner and his 41-year-old friend in the toilet before they fled with stolen items.

The suspects were still at large.

“Farm owners and business people must be careful about criminals entering their places pretending to be police officers. If they suspect something they must call the nearest police station or alert their neighbours,” he warned.

In another robbery, the owner of G&T Entertainment in Otjiwarongo was robbed of N$11 239 at gunpoint by two men during closing hours. It is alleged when customers were leaving the two robbers entered the bar and bought sweets for 30 cents.

“They approached the owner who was behind the counter. One bought sweets for 30 cents. The next moment he pulled out a gun and pointed it at the owner. He demanded money and the owner gave him N$11 239 in cash,” Khairabeb said.

The incident occurred at around 32h50 in Tsaraxa-aives location. One of the suspects, 40 years of age, was arrested an hour later after the incident and is expected to appear today in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court.

The police  managed to recover N$840 of the stolen money.

The other suspect is still on the run.

In this regard, Khairabeb urged business people to make use of security companies, relatives or friends instead of being alone during closing hours.


By Albertina Nakale