Taxi boss caught in sting operation

2016-10-27 06:00
The police seized firearms and ammunition in Verulam. Photo: supplied

The police seized firearms and ammunition in Verulam. Photo: supplied

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A 43-YEAR-OLD man was arrested for possession of three unlicensed firearms, possession of suspected stolen vehicles and ammunition in Verulam on 25 October.

According to police the man, whose name is being withheld until he appears in court, is a taxi owner in Verulam.

The police recovered three unlicensed firearms, ammunition and two vehicles during a sting operation conducted in Verulam.

Head of TransNatal Flying Squad Suren Balram confirmed that the suspect is a businessman and taxi owner in Verulam.

He said he was arrested at his house in Verulam after the police received a tipoff.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said in a statement that members from National Mobile Train unit were conducting crime prevention duties in Verulam when they received information about the suspected stolen vehicles and illegal firearms in High Street.

“The members went to the premises and saw two vehicles fitting the same description given to them. The description of a white Suzuki vehicle­ was circulated and came up as being hijacked from Mthunzini in May 2016. When the members requested the key from the suspect, he did not hand it over and the members had to break a side window of the said vehicle in order to search it. Inside the vehicle, three rifles, two R5 and one AK47, with four fully loaded magazines, were recovered,” she said.

The description of a second vehicle, a grey BMW, was also circulated and it appeared that it was hijacked at Greenwood Park in October. The suspect was then charged for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and possession of suspected stolen vehicles.

Mbhele added: “He will appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court soon.” The acting KZN provincial commissioner Major General Bheki Langa applauded the members for recovering the unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

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