Five arrested with cannabis back in court at Keetmanshoop

The five men arrested with cannabis worth N.dollars 1.8 million in their possession in April this year, made their second appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

George Kangootui, 45; Johannes Brandt, 38; Rudolf Witbooi, 42; Lluweln Joseph, 33; and VitjuukuaijeTjitemisa, 22; were arrested between Keetmanshoop and Tses on 18 April 2019 with cannabis weighing 216 kilogrammes.

They appeared before Magistrate Olivia Van der Colff who postponed their case to 28 August for laboratory results and legal aid for the accused person.

During their first court appearance on 23 April this year, the accused persons were denied bail because police investigations were at an early stage and because it is not in the public interest for bail to be granted.

The State was represented by Marlon Adams.

Tjitemisa is out on bail while Kangootui, Brandt, Witbooi and Joseph remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop Police holding cells pending their next court appearance.

The men were arrested 22 kilometres outside Keetmanshoop by police officers headed to court in Keetmanshoop. The police became suspicious when they saw items being loaded from the truck into two smaller cars.

The police also confiscated N.dollars 19 000 from the accused.

One of the accused was driving the truck that entered Namibia from South Africa through the Ariamsvlei border post.

Source: Namibia Press Agency