WINDHOEK: Two Namibian women who were allegedly used as drug mules by foreign drug dealers operating in Southern Africa, were arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) here on Thursday.
Khomas Regional Namibian Police Commanding Officer, Commissioner Festus Shilongo told local journalists on Friday that the two suspected drug couriers are aged between 25 and 30, and were arrested shortly after they arrived at a bus terminal at the Single Quarters in Katutura.
According to Shilongo, the two young women landed at the Hosea Kutako International Airport via Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport in neighbouring South Africa on Thursday on a plane originating from Brazil.
NamPol, acting on information provided by their counterparts in South Africa, monitored the movements of the two women upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport and their journey from the airport to a bus terminal at the Single Quarters in Katutura.
As the women were about to leave the bus terminal, the police arrested them and took them to the Katutura Police station for proper questioning.
After being subjected to some body searches and thorough x-ray examinations at the Katutura State Hospital, the duo were found with a total of 14 capsules of cocaine allegedly hidden inside their bodies, which was estimated at N.dollars 49 000.
Each of the two women was found with seven capsules of cocaine hidden in the stomach, Shilongo explained.
One of the two women is still in hospital under strict protection by members of NamPol, while the other one is being held in custody at the Katutura police station.
The two women are expected to make their first court appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court along Mungunda Street in Katutura on Monday next week.
Meanwhile, a Namibian man was also arrested on Thursday upon arrival at the police roadblock on the B2 road between Windhoek and the Hosea Kutako International Airport with a big bag allegedly containing dagga, which was valued at N.dollars 70 000.
He will also appear in court on Monday next week, said Shilongo.
In November last year (2011), NamPol reported that seven Namibian women were arrested for illegal possession of drugs in Brazil, and were being held in prisons at the city of Sao Paolo.
These seven women were aged between 20 and 40, and were arrested in the South American country during the course of that year.
According to NamPol, Brazilian police officers at the Sao Paolo International Airport caught all seven Namibian women red-handed whilst allegedly in illegal possession of drugs.
They were allegedly trying to take the drugs out of that country (Brazil) for destinations in southern Africa, stated NamPol at the time.
These Namibian women were allegedly being used as drug couriers after they were recruited by foreign drug dealers operating in Namibia and South Africa.
NamPol further reported last year that an unspecified number of young Namibian women were languishing in prisons in neighbouring South Africa and Zambia after they were arrested for illegal possession of drugs upon arrival at airports in the two countries on planes from Brazil during the course of that year.
According to NamPol’s officers attacked to the Drug Law-Enforcement Unit, a new trend has now been developed by drug dealers operating in Southern Africa to use Namibian ladies as drug couriers.
Over the previous few years, the drug dealers operating in this southern African region were using South African and Angolan nationals as drug couriers.
Today, Shilongo also used the opportunity to call on Namibian women to be aware of the dangers and related consequences of being used as drug couriers.