Cops seize assets of alleged gang leader

Heroin found in Beacon Valley.

Assets including luxury motor vehicles, a trailer, a superbike and vehicles of a business linked to Mr Murphy were seized at his premises in Lentegeur, Athlone Industrial, Reindeer Street, Grassy Park and in Worcester.

The seizure came after a lengthy investigation since December 2014 when police confiscated a large quantity of drugs and a large amount of cash in Lentegeur. During September 2015 police also confiscated a large quantity of drugs and cash at a house in Grassy Park.

Police, together with the office of the Asset Forfeiture Unit, seized the drugs and money totalling more than R4 million.

The investigation continues and the suspects arrested, including the alleged dealer, are due to appear in the Khayelitsha Priority Court on Tuesday January 24 on 239 charges, including dealing in drugs, money laundering and other charges in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act related to racketeering.

A man, 21, was shot dead in Hengelaar Street in Beacon Valley on Thursday December 29 at 10.10pm. The man had multiple bullets wounds to his upper body and was declared dead on the scene.

A murder case has been opened and no arrests have been made yet. If you have information, call Constable Bradley Schuurman on 073 180 6624.

A woman, 61, was arrested for being in possession of 63.39 litres of alcohol in Siberian Way, Rocklands, on Thursday December 29 at 10.30am.

The Mitchell’s Plain SAPS Designated Firearm and Liquor Control officers executed a search warrant at the house. The woman faces a charge of dealing in liquor without a valid licence.

A man, 32, was arrested on Wednesday December 28 at 7.35pm for being in possession of 100 units of heroin in Korfbal Street in Beacon Valley. Mitchells Plain police received information that drugs was being sold at the house. The day before, on Tuesday December 27 at 4.30pm, a man, 23, was arrested in Ludo Street, Beacon Valley, for being in possession of five parcels dagga, 14 small parcels of dagga and loose dagga. Mitchell’s Plain police found the drugs in a carrier bag in a room.

Police also arrested a man, 52, during a stop-and-search in Jonkershoek Street in Tafelsig on Tuesday December 27, at 2.15pm, for being in possession of 44 packets of tik.

Another Tafelsig man, also aged 52, was arrested in Sentinel Street for being in possession of 11 packets of tik, 50 stoppe of dagga, 19 half mandrax tablets, and five whole mandrax tablets on Tuesday December 27, at 2.15pm. Police had received information about drugs being kept at the premises.

An Eastridge man, 35, was arrested in Kiaat Close for being in possession of a black Tanfoglio P45S firearm with a magazine and three live .45 rounds on Monday December 26. The police had received a complaint about a shooting and when they arrived at the scene, they found six cartridges. Follow-up investigations on the scene led police to a house where the firearm was found. The man was arrested on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. A total of 85 Mitchell’s Plain police and neighbourhood watch members conducted a special sweep operation in Portland and Westridge from 8pm to midnight on Friday December 23. It included foot patrols and vehicle patrols, starting at the Town Centre. During the operation 60 people were stopped and searched. Five properties suspected of being linked to drug and gang activity were searched and four suspects were arrested for drug-related offences.

Mitchell’s Plain police station commander, Brigadier Cass Goolam, urged residents to exercise responsible firearm ownership. “Please ensure that your firearm is stored in a safe. Ensure that the key is kept in safe storage and the code is kept secret. Keep firearms away from children, teach them a gun is not a toy and report any loss immediately,” he said.

Call Crime Stop at 08600 10111 or the local police stations at 021 370 1600 (Mitchell’s Plain), 021 377 5042 (Lentegeur) and 021 370 1500 (Strandfontein) to report crime.