Police swoop on drug dens

A total of 210 suspects were arrested for possession of drugs in Mitchell’s Plain during stop-and-search operations conducted by the officers from the Mitchell’s Plain police cluster.

The cluster includes Mitchell’s Plain, Lentegeur, Strandfontein, Steenberg, Athlone, Grassy Park, Philippi and Lansdowne police stations.

During the operations, 78 houses were searched and just more than a kilogram of dagga, 802 mandrax tables, 278 grams of tik and 446.88 grams of heroin were confiscated. Seven firearms were confiscated and six people were arrested. Fifteen people were arrested in connection with domestic violence-related cases.

During operations focused on liquor outlets and shebeens, 12 shebeen houses and 18 premises where second-hand goods are sold, were searched.

Tracing operations for wanted suspects resulted in 37 people being arrested during 11 operations conducted last week.

Police members visited 720 spaza shops, mostly owned by foreign nationals to ensure safety and prevention of business robberies and xenophobic attacks.

In other operations, arrests were made for housebreaking and theft, theft of motor vehicles, possession of stolen property, robberies, drunk driving, murder, possession of dangerous weapon and traffic violations.

Police arrested two people for being in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition last week. One of them was a 59-year-old woman who was found to be in possession of three illegal firearms and ammunition at a house in Wendy Street, Tafelsig, on Tuesday March 29, at 1pm.

The other was a 32-year-old man who was arrested for being in possession of two 9mm pistols and 28 rounds of live ammunition in Waterval Street, Tafelsig, on Wednesday March 30 at about 2.30am.

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