Namibian woman arrested in Ethiopia for suspected drug trafficking

A Namibian woman was arrested at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for suspected cocaine trafficking on Tuesday this week.

The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation’s executive director, Penda Naanda, has confirmed the arrest and that the suspect remains detained in Ethiopia.

“Officials from the embassy of the Republic of Namibia to Ethiopia and the African Union are in contact with the said individual and the relevant authorities in Ethiopia and Namibia, respectively,” he said.

Naanda did not confirm when the suspect is expected to appear in court.

Bole International Airport was named in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s ‘Global Report on Cocaine 2023’ as a transit route for the smuggling of cocaine by Brazilian criminal groups from Africa to western and central Europe and other consumer markets.

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