2 police, stolen dagga in police van
MEC for safety and liaison Helen Sauls-August has welcomed the arrest of two policemen from Mount Frere outside Mthatha for allegedly transporting stolen dagga in a police van.
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Suicide threats linked to dagga
The school head, Bana Letsholathebe told a workshop last week that "suspected dagga residue was discovered in some of the students' dormitories". In addition, small packets stuffed with a greenish material were discovered in one of the Form V classes."We concluded that some of our students were taking the prohibited drug hence we decided to hold this workshop," she said. She added that the school wants to nip the dagga smoking habit and threats to commit suicide in the bud. She said it all started when the suicidal students wrote notes.
"But before taking their own lives, the school authorities managed to talk to them and arrest the situation," she said on the sidelines of the workshop on Thursday.The seemingly devastated school head said the students give mystifying reasons when quizzed as to why they threatened to kill themselves. She said some start by blaming their parents for neglecting them. Later they change and say something else.Letsholathebe said they referred the suicide cases to the police who helped them to establish that the students must have been taking drugs.
Masunga Police Station assistant commander, Superintendent Boikhutso Kaisara said it is scientifically proven that one can think of taking his/her life after consuming dagga. "So it is imperative to teach our students to refrain totally from smoking dagga and other related drugs to avoid cases of suicide," he advised. Kaisara said the police are working day and night to ensure that they find the source of the drug. "We need to find the source," he said.Kaisara said the suppliers will pay dearly for polluting society.He pleaded with members of the public to help the police with information that could result in the arrest of the drug dealers.
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Lady Gaga smokes dagga
London - Lady Gaga praised marijuana as she lit up on stage in Amsterdam.
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Rain prevents merchant from court
A warrant of arrest was issued for a 53-year-old woman who allegedly failed to make it to court supposedly due to the heavy rains. Hundreds of other residents who frequent Siteki from Maphungwane area have been affected by the torrential rains which has damaged the already poor road leading to Mambane and other areas. Kombis which use the road are only reaching as far as Bham Bham Mountain, as the steep road is too slippery for the usually overloaded kombis and buses. Hlaleleni Myeni, who is out on bail, could not show up in court yesterday prompting Lubombo Senior magistrate, Donald Mavuso to issue what he termed a “stayed warrant of arrest”. Mavuso said the “stayed warrant” means she has been given a week to at least come up with an explanation as to why she should not be arrested. This was after the prosecutor noted that she may have failed to show up as she lives at Mambane where roads have become inaccessible due to heavy rain.
The magistrate also expressed shock that although Myeni was granted bail, there was no proof that she had paid it yet she was outside custody. After realising that there was no receipt to show proof of payment, Mavuso assumed that the suspect would naturally be in custody but she was not. He issued an order that court officials should ensure that if a suspect was granted bail they should present a copy of the receipt as proof. “In this case, it does not show whether this person paid bail or not,” said Mavuso. Hlaleleni was arrested after being found with 23.51kg of dagga.
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Million Dollar 'Dagga Dealer' Still in Custody
SIMON Nangaku, the Katutura resident at whose house a record quantity of dagga was found in August, was again refused bail on Monday morning.
The 46-year-old man made a second appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura on a charge of dealing in dependence producing substances. He faces an alternative charge of possession.
This came after the Police confiscated 16 bags suspected to contain 406,83 kg of dagga from Nangaku's house in the Hakahana area of the Katutura residential area.The drugs are valued at N$1,22 million.
Chief Inspector Barry de Klerk earlier said the Police received a tip-off from a member of the public and then raided the house.
The Police officer then said this was one of the largest dagga busts in independent Namibia.
According to him, it is suspected that the drugs were smuggled from neighbouring South Africa.
He said a syndicate is suspected. "There are definitely other people involved."
During Monday's court appearance, Public Prosecutor George Mhoney, told Magistrate Theophilus Muyambelo that the State still opposes bail.
According to Mhoney, further arrests are expected as the value of the dagga is "rather high" and that the charge which Nangaku faces is "quite serious".
Magistrate Muyambelo agreed with the State and ruled that should Nangaku want to be released on bail, he would need to lodge a formal bail application.The case was postponed until Monday, October 24, for further Police investigation to be done and for a possible plea on the charge.
Date: 21 September 2011
By: Denver Kisting
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The Myth of Marijuana's Gateway Effect
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, in cooperation with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the White House Office of Drug Control Policy, recently announced a new anti-drug campaign that specifically targets marijuana. Instead of featuring horror tales of marijuana-induced insanity, violence and birth detects, this campaign is built upon the premise that reducing marijuana use is a practical strategy for reducing the use of more dangerous drugs.