WINDHOEK: A long-distance truck driver arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) Drug Enforcement Unit here in August this year with a huge consignment of dagga, wants to be released on bail.
On Wednesday afternoon Richard Blaauw, through his private-appointed defence lawyer Orben Sibeya, brought a formal bail application in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court requesting the court to release him on bail.
During the hearing of the formal bail application this afternoon, Public Prosecutor Hendricks Tholiso called in police investigating officer Adam Clark to the witness stand to give evidence on how he received intelligence information from his counterparts in South Africa about a truck carrying a huge consignment of dagga destined for Namibia.
Clark described how, after receiving information about the truck carrying the dagga, he and two other police officers went to the Buitepos border-post in Omaheke Region.
Blaauw had been travelling from South Africa to Namibia via the Trans-Kalahari Highway.
“Upon our arrival at the border-post, we found the truck and we followed this truck from the border-post up to the weigh bridge on the Western Bypass section of the B1 road on the northern outskirts of Windhoek, where we arrested the accused person – the driver of the truck,” Clark explained.
Blaauw’s defence lawyer Sibeya will cross-examine the police officer in connection with the evidence he gave on Wednesday during the continuation of the hearing of the formal bail application on Thursday.
Windhoek Magistrate Stanley Tembwe is presiding over the bail application hearing.
In the matter, the accused was arrested on 22 August this year on the northern outskirts of Windhoek after the police found about 616 kilogrammes of dagga in the back of a truck he had been driving.
The dagga had a local street market value of about N.dollars 1,84 million.
The 48-year-old Blaauw faces a charge of dealing in a prohibited dependence-producing substance.
According to police reports and earlier reports carried in local English daily The Namibian, the dagga allegedly found in the truck that was being driven by Blaauw is the biggest single consignment of the substance yet to be confiscated in Namibia.
Blaauw’s arrest followed a month-long police investigation of the transporting of drugs from South Africa to Namibia, said the reports.