Stolen bottle of vodka leads to discovery

A Swakopmund resident made a first appearance in the Swakopmund magistrate’s court on Wednesday, following the discovery of a cannabis plantation in his back yard earlier this week.

Nikolaj Michael Rossi (22) was charged for the crime of cultivation of narcotics. A police source said he doubted whether charges of dealing and or possession of cannabis would be added to the charge sheet.

It is understood the police was first put on Rossi’s trail when he and three others allegedly stole a bottle of liquor from a liquor store in Swakopmund and drove off in a vehicle.

One of the four persons was seen putting a bottle under his shirt. Police officials were contacted and was provided with their vehicle’s registration number. The police knew where the suspect lives and when to his residence.

One of the suspects was questioned and taken back to the liquor store to settle payment for the liquor that was stolen. The remaining three persons were found hiding at the house in the back yard, and it was when police confronted them that they discovered they were actually onto a dagga plantation that included a hothouse where cannabis was grown.

According to a spokesperson at the Swakopmund Magistrate’s court, Rossi was released on N$1000 bail and will appear in court on 7 March 2016.

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