Gugs drug dealer bust in tip-off

2017-01-26 06:02
 Arresting officer explains the Miranda Rights to a suspect during the Gugulethu drug bust.

Arresting officer explains the Miranda Rights to a suspect during the Gugulethu drug bust.

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When Western Cape Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Elvis Jula took the reins of office a year ago, he declared: “Organised crime groups and drug dealers would be crushed”.

Last Saturday, a year later to the declaration, and true to his words, police, acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, acted on information of possible drug related activities at a petrol filling station at the corners of NY1-3A, in Gugulethu, raided the premises.

Included were members of the SAPS Stabilisation Unit.

According to Police Spokesman, Colonel Andre Traut: “A search operation at the premises proved fruitful because in a storeroom, police came across a large quantity of mandrax tablets with an estimated street value to the tune of R 100 000,” Traut said.

The 2000 mandrax tablets together with a substantial amount of cash were confiscated.

The owner of the filling station, a 47-year-old female and seven male suspects, aged between 23 and 57, were arrested and made a court appearance in Philippi on Monday.

In January 2016, Lt-General Jula vowed that “police are aware of and will deal with them(drug cartels) 24 hours a day.”

. Meanwhile the Nyanga Cluster Policing Precinct under the leadership of Major General Moses Memela embarked on a number of operations targeting crime hotspots in all the six cluster stations’ precincts on Friday morning.

Several SAPS members, including newly trained constables were deployed, focussing on liquor operations, drugs, vehicles searches and at vehicle control points, illegal firearms and visibility at shopping centres.

A roadblock manned by SAPS members and 13 traffic officials was also conducted in Govan Mbeki Road in Nyanga and various pamphlets with safety hints were distributed.

Addressing members during the briefing, Major General Memela told members to go and make a difference in the community, do what they are best at by solely minimizing the movement of criminals to prevent them from conducting criminal activities.

“Go out there and do proper searches in order to confiscate illegal firearms, drugs, liquor, stolen property and dangerous weapons and come back with the results,” he said.

Several litres of liquor and an undisclosed amount of cash were confiscated from one of the popular illegal liquor outlets in Gugulethu.

Police made 187 arrests for the illegal possession of drugs. A total of 29g Heroin, 151g tik, 153 mandrax tablets and 1.157kg dagga were confiscated.

Fines issued for traffic offences totalled 84, valued at R71800.

Seventy-nine wanted suspects were arrested during the 14 tracing operations that were conducted in the Cluster.

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