Drug Suspect Appears in Court

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By Surihe Gaomas WINDHOEK Suspected Angolan drug trafficker Paulo Da Silva Bruno, whose recent drug smuggling ploy ended in the death of his wife after a plastic pellet containing cocaine burst in her stomach, appeared briefly before a magistrate yesterday. The suspect who has gained notoriety for being a playboy stands accused of having caused his wife’s death and he remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Prison. When he appeared before court accused of causing the death of his wife Darlin Da Silva, the flamboyant Angolan national was wearing a white t-shirt and a khaki pair of pants. Magistrate Sarel Jacobs who presided over the brief court session instructed that the accused be remanded in custody at the request of the prosecuting authority. The case was then remanded to May 16, 2006 while police continue to investigate what is possibly the largest drug trafficking case recorded this year. The accused was not asked to plead and bail was denied. Yesterday Court A was filled to capacity with curious onlookers who packed the courtroom to catch a glimpse of the suspected Angolan drug trafficker. Other people could be seen standing outside the courtroom. The Angolan national was arrested on Tuesday this week shortly after his wife died during a botched drug smuggling operation that went horribly wrong when one of the 31 pellets of cocaine inside her stomach burst, triggering a fatal chemical reaction. The death of the young woman has shocked relatives and friends alike after it emerged that she had carried 31 pellets of cocaine with a street value of N$205 000 in her stomach. The cocaine reportedly weighs 410 grams in total, including the 13 pellets also found in the stomach of her husband that was valued at N$87 500, bringing the total value of the seized cocaine to N$292 500. The accused now stands charged with drug trafficking and more charges may come up as police continue investigations. The police say they are also busy probing the possibility of more uncovered cocaine, because there was a long delay in reporting the death of the deceased, prompting suspicion that the suspect may have been buying time in order to hide the cocaine. According to the Drug Law Enforcement Unit of the Namibian Police more unsuspecting Namibian women were getting involved in drug trafficking. A record number of cases were recorded last year, involving drugs with a street value of N$5 million. The seized drugs included cannabis, ecstasy, mandrax, cocaine, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and heroin. Drugs are mostly coming into Namibia from neigh-bouring countries such as South Africa, Angola and Zambia. Some drugs are also coming from South American countries like Brazil, Columbia, Peru and also from some European and Asian countries as reported by the Namibian police.