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Suspected drug dealer remanded in police custody at Grootfontein

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A 45-year-old man charged with possession of cannabis and counterfeit ‘Yes’ cigarettes worth over N.dollars 75 000, was on Tuesday remanded in police custody at Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.The accused, Alfeus Yembe, appeared before Grootfon…

A 45-year-old man charged with possession of cannabis and counterfeit ‘Yes’ cigarettes worth over N.dollars 75 000, was on Tuesday remanded in police custody at Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.

The accused, Alfeus Yembe, appeared before Grootfontein Magistrate Stanley Tembwe on charges of possession of cannabis and a consignment of counterfeit cigarettes.

Yembe was arrested on Sunday at the Rooidag Gate in the Tsumkwe area with the suspected drugs.

During his court appearance, Magistrate Tembwe explained his legal right for him to engage a private lawyer of his choice; apply for a State-funded Legal Aid lawyer or defend himself in court.

Yembe chose to defend himself during court proceedings.

Prosecutor Jeremia Theofelus, who represented the State in the matter, informed the court that Yembe was a second offender on a similar drug dealing case.

“This accused was recently convicted for dealing in drugs, therefore the State opposes his request for bail,” said Theofelus.

The prosecutor further told the court that Yembe had intentions to deal in drugs as he allegedly travelled from Rundu in the Kavango East Region to Tsumkwe in the Otjozondjupa Region in a private vehicle while transporting a consignment of cannabis weighing over 47 kilogrammes with a street value of N.dollars 47 600.

The prosecutor added that the counterfeit cigarettes which were found on him also had a high street value of N.dollars 28 000, therefore the accused was not a good candidate to post bail.

Yembe was then denied bail on grounds he might reoffend once released on bail.

Source: Namibia press Agency