N.dollars 2.4 million drug case to be heard in regional court

The Prosecutor General (PG) decision in a case of a 36-year-old South African man arrested with cannabis worth N.dollars 2.4 million in December last year, says the case should be heard in the Regional Court at Keetmanshoop.

Celumusa Ndebele made another appearance before Magistrate Olivia Van der Colff in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Van der Colff postponed his case to 19 September 2019 for the accused to make his first appearance in the regional court.

The PG decision also indicated that the accused will be charged with one count of dealing in drugs with an attentive count of possession dependence of producing substance.

Ndebele will also be charged with count of Prevention of Organised Crime Act (Act 29 of 2004).

The State was represented by Colleen Yisa

During his first court appearance on 07 December 2018, Ndebele was denied bail because police investigations were at an early stage and because it was not in the interest of the administration of justice for bail to be granted.

Bail was also refused because Ndebele is not a Namibian citizen and has no fixed residential address and because of the value of the cannabis.

The South African national was allegedly found with cannabis weighing 244 kilogrammes on 06 December 2018 during a search of the truck he was driving at the Keetmanshoop roadblock.

The truck, also transporting ice cream, milk and fish to Windhoek, entered Namibia from South Africa through the Ariamsvlei border post, but the cannabis was not detected there.

Source: Namibia Press Agency