Drug Smuggler Out On Bail

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By Surihe Gaomas WINDHOEK Angolan Bruno da Silva, who is suspected of being a drug lord, yesterday finally received bail of N$20 000 after languishing in jail for six months for alleged cocaine trafficking in which his wife who was used as a drug mule for his operations died. The wife died when the drug-smuggling racket went horribly wrong after sachets of the white drug burst in her stomach triggering a deadly chemical reaction that killed her. Appearing in the Windhoek magistrate’s court yesterday in front of Magistrate Sarel Jacobs, his drug trafficking case was postponed till next week Thursday. The initial charge of being an accomplice to the murder of his wife has been dropped against him. The accused was represented by his lawyer Sisa Namandje. Twenty-nine-year-old Da Silva was requested by the magistrate to hand over all his travelling documents to the police investigating officer. Other stringent measures imposed on him are that he should report himself three times daily to the Windhoek Police Station – between 07:00 – 09:00, 12:00 to 14:00 and then again for the third time between 15:00 and 19:00. The accused was thus ordered not to apply for any further documents and not to leave the country until his reappearance in court on September 28, 2006. The latest case comes against the background that Da Silva’s wife, the late Darlin da Silva Paiva lost her life in a drug trafficking venture from Brazil to Namibia whereby she had carried 31 pellets of cocaine with a street value of N$205 000 in her stomach. The cocaine smuggling operation involved 410 grams, including 13 pellets found in the abdomen of the 29-year-old Angolan husband, Da Silva. The 13 pellets of cocaine found in the abdomen of the Angolan charmer is estimated at a street value of N$87 000. According to the Drug Law Enforcement Unit of the Namibian Police, more and more Namibian women are getting involved in drug trafficking. A record of 120 000 cases was recorded last year, which had a street value of N$5- million. Confiscated drugs included cannabis, ecstasy, mandrax, cocaine, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and heroin.ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚  Statistics of drug trafficking and abuse increased enormously last year. “There was a decrease of heroin and LSD and an increase of cannabis and mandrax. Shockingly, there was a drastic increase of ecstasy during last year,” an official from the Drug Enforcement Unit said. On the other hand the Namibian Police Drug Law Enforcement Unit has been successful, as huge amounts of drugs were confiscated and big syndicates of drug traffickers were penetrated, apprehended and prosecuted. Drugs mostly come into Namibia from neighbouring countries such as South Africa, Angola and Zambia. Some drugs also come from South American countries like Brazil, Columbia, Peru and also from some European and Asian countries, as reported by the Namibian police. Namibia is perceived as an easy conduit for the drugs into neighbouring African countries.