Grant Noble and Azhar Dinath fail in bid for bail in High Court

The two Walvis Bay residents linked to the biggest cocaine bust in Namibia’s history, failed on Tuesday in their High Court attempt to be freed on bail.

The Walvis Bay magistrate’s court refused Grant Noble (with beard) and Azhar Dinath bail on 11 September last year. The duo appealed against this ruling in the Windhoek High Court.
On Tuesday the High Court upheld this ruling of the Walvis Bay magistrates court.
The visibly disappointed Nobel and Dinath will now continue to spend their days in custody in Walvis Bay, as investigators puzzle together how and by whom 412 kilograms of cocaine were smuggled in a shipping container from Brazil, via Cape Town to Walvis Bay.

The container arrived in Walvis Bay aboard the container vessel Amanda D in the first week of June last year. At the time there were suspicions that the container might have drugs hidden inside among the ordinary cargo which comprised a consignment of photocopy paper.
The container was kept under surveillance and when Nobel and Azhar arrived to clear the container they were detained. The drugs were discovered hidden among the consignment of photo copy paper.
The cocaine has a street value of more than N$200 million.
Police investigators are working closely with other agencies, including in Brazil to uncover the full picture. More suspects might be linked to the drugs.

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