Two arrested for alleged smuggling of contraband from Zambia

Two Zambian nationals were arrested in connection with the alleged smuggling of both prohibited and non-prohibited goods into the Zambezi Region on Saturday night.

The smuggled goods include eggs, bags of charcoal, non-alcoholic beverages, whiskeys and traditionally brewed beer, among others with an estimated value of N.dollars 5000.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Station Commander at Katima Mulilo, Inspector Charles Mayumbelo informed the media on Monday that the men aged 59 and 43 years were arrested after a tip-off from members of the public, not far from the riverside where they illegally crossed the river with the smuggled goods.

It is alleged that the men used a seven-seater vehicle to transport the goods and were stopped and searched, by the police, who found the goods inside the vehicle.

According to Mayumbelo, the two men are first-time offenders and will thus be handed over to the Namibia Revenue Agency for further action.

'The smuggling of goods from neighbouring countries remains a great concern in the Zambezi Region, with numerous cases of smuggling of both prohibited and non-prohibited goods registered with my office lately,' he said.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency