Men caught with 58 bushes of khat

Mitchell’s Plain police made several drug arrests last week, including that of two gang members after finding heroin and tik in two separate searches.

Police found 52 straws of heroin after searching a house in Haasendal Street, Westridge, on Thursday May 2 at 3.30pm.

A 32-year-old gang member was arrested on charges relating to possession of heroin.

The suspect appeared in court on Monday May 6.

Mitchell’s Plain police found 32 packets of tik in the ceiling of a house in Dassie Street, Eastridge, on Wednesday May 1. Police searched the premises at 7.20pm and saw a 48-year-old man, hide the drugs in the ceiling.

Police arrested the suspect who is a gang member.

On the same day, police found 29 full mandrax pills, 15 half mandrax pills and 21 stops of dagga hidden in a woman’s boot.

Police searched a house in Kilimanjaro Street, Tafelsig, on Wednesday May 1 at 6.50pm when they saw a woman, 57, with boots in her hands and searched her. Police arrested the suspect.

Mitchell’s Plain police also arrested six suspects after finding 58 bushes of khat, a plant with hallucinogenic properties, in a vehicle in the Town Centre.

Police noticed the suspicious looking men standing next to a silver Toyota Tazz in Polka Square, Town Centre, on Sunday April 28 at 4.30pm. When police approached the suspects at the vehicle they found the khat.

Police arrested the six suspects aged 21, 26, 27, 31, 36 and 36 years old.

A 32-year-old man appeared in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court on Monday May 6 on charges relating to robbery with a firearm.

This comes after Mitchell’s Plain police investigated complaints from people being robbed at gunpoint in Bravo Street, Beacon Valley. Police searched the area and arrested the man on Thursday May 2 at 6.30am.

Police have also warned that burglaries are one of the top offences recorded in the Eastridge and Portland sectors with residential properties being targeted the most.

They have also noticed a high incidence of malicious damage to property reported across all sectors. This tends to be domestic related, said Captain Ian Williams, the spokesperson for Mitchell’s Plain police. He said the perpetrator is usually a family member.

Theft out of motor vehicles is another area of concern, Captain Williams warned.

“We want to caution the public to ensure that they park in a safe spot and avoid isolated fields and dark places at night. Thieves target batteries, wipers, sound systems and wheels, including spare wheels,” he said.

Captain Williams urged residents not to buy stolen property. “It is a crime and often leads to more crime such as housebreaking and theft,” he said.

He said dirt bins are often stolen to transport stolen items and other illegal goods.

“Please only put your bin outside your property on dirt collection days,” he said.

The police also reminded firearm owners to ensure that their firearms are kept locked in a safe when not in their possession. Any loss should be reported immediately to police as it is a criminal offence to neglect to report it.

Mitchell’s Plain SAPS station commander, Brigadier Cass Goolam, said police are working around the clock to prevent and combat crime and that building stronger relationships and partnering with the community is part of the police plan for the cluster.

To report crime, call Mitchell’s Plain police station on 021 370 1600, Lentegeur police station on 021 377 5042 or Strandfontein police station on 021 370 1500.

You can also send an SMS to 35 395 or call Crime Stop on 0860 10111.