Three more granted bail in N.dollars 1.8 million cannabis case

Three of the five men arrested in April 2019 for the alleged possession of cannabis worth N.dollars 1.8 million were on Thursday granted N.dollars 6 000 bail each in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court.

The three accused person, George Kangootui, 45, Johannes Brandt, 38 and Lluweln Joseph, 33, appeared before Magistrate Olivia van der Colff, who granted them bail condition that they all surrender all their travel documents to the investigating officer.

Further bail conditions are that Brandt and Joseph should report themselves to the offices of the drug enforcement unit on Monday and Friday between 12h00 and 19h00.

However, Kangootui has to report himself at the Mariental Police Station every Monday between 12h00 and 19h00.

The State was represented by Marlon Adams, while Florian Beukes represented the accused persons.

Kangootui, Brandt and Joseph were on 18 April 2019 along with Rudolf Witbooi,42 and VitjuukuaijeTjitemisa, 22 between Keetmanshoop and Tses with cannabis weighing 216 kilogrammes.

During their first appearance on 23 April 2019, the accused persons were denied bail because police investigations were at an early stage.

The men were arrested 22 kilometres outside Keetmanshoop by police officers headed to court in the southern town. 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.

Tjitemisa and Witbooi were granted bail of N.dollars 6 000 and N.dollars 8 000 respectively.

All accused persons are now all out on bail and will return to court 28 August 2019 after their case was postponed on 17 July 2019 for further police investigations.

Source: Namibia Press Agency