Large quantities of drugs seized in festive season bust

2014-12-01 00:00

AS the sun set behind thunderclouds over Pietermaritzburg on Friday night, two police stations began to mobilise for a crime prevention operation.

The Pietermaritzburg and Mountain Rise stations embarked on a 12-hour festive season high-density crime ­operation, which lasted from 4 pm on Friday afternoon into the early hours of Saturday.

It began with a roadblock set up on Chota Motala Road near the graveyard.

As the rain started to pour down, officers swarmed the roadside and pulled over vehicles, while others took off on foot to patrol surrounding areas.

As the night progressed, all types of criminals were hauled into the two ­stations. The Mountain Rise station ­apprehended more than 27 people ­suspected of crimes, including rape, house robbery, illegal possession of drugs and dealing in drugs. Drunken drivers were also booked.

During the raid, the police recovered an array of items.

Large quantities of dagga and heroin were taken off the streets and lots of ­liquor was seized from unlicensed liquor premises. One unlicensed 9 mm firearm was also seized.

According to Warrant Officer Joshua Maistry of Mountain Rise police station, the gun would be tested to ascertain if it was used in crimes. The arrested suspects would soon appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.

Maistry estimated that the recovered items are valued at over R100 000.

Provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni and Pietermaritzburg acting cluster commander Brigadier Francis Bantham visited the officers during the operation and applauded them for their efforts.

Members of the community were also thanked for giving police information that resulted in several arrests.


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