Namra seizes N$1.9 Million worth of mandrax at Ariamsvlei Border Post

Hertta-Maria Amutenja

Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) Customs Officials at the Ariamsvlei Border Post in the //Kharas Region intercepted a consignment of suspected mandrax tablets earlier last week, with an estimated value of N$1.9 million.

Namra’s Manager of Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Engagements Tonateni Shidhudhu, said the arrested suspect is a Namibian truck driver known to frequent the same border.

“A Namibian truck driver who frequents the same border was apprehended while returning from South Africa. The suspected drugs were discovered following a thorough scanning by the officials,” said Shidhudhu.

Furthermore, he said after the suspect’s arrest, a secondary search of the truck unveiled an additional stash of drugs.

The suspect made an appearance in the Karasburg Magistrates Court last week, and the case has been postponed to 16 May 2024.

Shidhudhu emphasising NamRA’s commitment to enforcing relevant laws, said it aims to prevent illicit products, particularly drugs, from entering the country.

“NamRA underscores its unwavering commitment to enforcing the relevant laws and ensuring that illicit products are prevented from entering the country, which aligns with its mandate of protecting the society against harmful products such as drugs,” stated Shidhudhu.

He further urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities that may compromise the safety and well-being of communities.

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