WINDHOEK, 18 JUN – The Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Monday remanded in custody two men who were arrested on an alleged drug smuggling charge after a large shipment of cocaine was discovered at the harbour town port.
The two, Namibian national Grant Noble and South African national Dinath Azhar, were ordered to remain behind bars until their next court appearance on 20 September 2018.
Court documents indicate that State Prosecutor Theresa Hafeni opposed bail on grounds that the offence is a trans-border crime.
The Namibian Police (NamPol) and Customs and Excise personnel in the Ministry of Finance at Walvis Bay on Friday intercepted a container at Namport with 400 suspected cocaine blocks.
The shipment weighed 412 kilogrammes with a street value of N.dollars 206 million.
It is alleged that the container arrived at the Walvis Bay port on 09 June 2018 from Brazil through South Africa and was not claimed.
A media release issued by NamPol on Monday said the container was then kept under surveillance until Friday at about 13h30, when the owners arrived to claim it.
The container was opened and a search was conducted whereby the cocaine was found parcelled in boxes.
The two claimants were then arrested and a case of dealing in cocaine was opened.
Investigation into the matter continues.