Maun Police Apprehend Suspects In Drug Crackdown


Maun Police, in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), this week made significant strides in the ongoing crackdown on illicit drugs, apprehending three individuals.

Maun Police station commander Dennis Zilawe has disclosed that the operation targeted drug-related activities in the policing area.

He revealed that during a raid on a residence in Mabudutsa, police found two men, aged 30 and 37 in possession of a suspicious white powder believed to be catamine. The suspects were arrested pending further investigation.

Zilawe emphasised that the substances seized were sent to the forensic laboratory for analysis to confirm their nature. If confirmed as catamine, the offenders could face severe penalties, including imprisonment.

Simultaneously, law enforcement officers intercepted another individual in Boseja during a stop-and-search operation. Upon inspection, the police discovered a substance suspected to be marijuana concealed in the suspect’s pockets. The 20-year-old man was promptly apprehended, and the confiscated substance was sent for testing.

Zilawe underscored the prevalence of drug-related incidents in the Maun area, revealing that nine cases had been reported since the beginning of the year. He noted that the demographic involved in such offenses typically ranged from 18 to 40 years old.

According to the Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of Botswana, individuals found cultivating or possessing narcotics face fines up to P500,000 or imprisonment of up to 20 years, or both.

Zilawe further emphasised the unequivocal stance of the law on drug-related crimes and affirmed the police’s commitment to upholding the rule of law through rigorous enforcement measures.

Meanwhile police in Sehitwa are investigating an incident involving a 23-year-old man from Kgalagadi Ward who was found unconscious by the roadside, suffering from severe head wounds.

According to Sehitwa Police Station Commander Nshaki Mabophiwa, the report was brought to their attention by a 42-year-old male resident of Sehithwa who discovered the victim and promptly alerted authorities.

Upon arrival at the scene, police allegedly observed the injured man displaying signs of heavy bleeding and quickly rushed him to Sehitwa clinic before transferring him to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

After regaining consciousness, the victim assisted police in their investigations, shedding light on the circumstances surrounding his injuries. He had allegedly been in the company of two women following a night out. An argument ensued between him and one of the women, during which she accused him of stealing her wallet containing approximately P700. The alleged altercation escalated, resulting in the woman purportedly striking the man with a bottle, rendering him unconscious before fleeing the scene.

Mabophiwa disclosed that the suspected assailant, a 23-year-old resident of Kgalagadi ward, was apprehended and remains in custody. She maintained her accusation that the victim had allegedly stolen her wallet, which prompted the police to do a search of both the man’s and woman’s residences. However, no evidence was found at either location.

After persistent questioning, the woman eventually disclosed the whereabouts of the wallet, hidden within a rusted frame of a land cruiser car. Upon retrieval, it was discovered that the actual amount of money in the wallet was less than initially reported.

The suspect remains in custody while the victim continues to recover at Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital from his injuries.


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