Firearms, dagga recovered, three arrested

2017-08-09 06:02
Dagga-filled bags and containers recovered by the SAPS task force in the Kranskop area last week.

Dagga-filled bags and containers recovered by the SAPS task force in the Kranskop area last week.

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A MULTIDISCIPLINARY task force carried out a successful operation in the Kranskop area on Friday 28 July with three suspects being arrested and multiple weapons and ammunition recovered.

Kranskop, Msinga and Khombe SAPS, Umzinyathi Crime Intelligence, K9 unit and POP conducted the operation based on information received on illegal firearms and ammunition in the area.
A SANDF helicopter was called in to assist as some of the targets were in terrain too rugged and rough to approach on foot.

Three suspects were arrested and seven unlicensed firearms and assorted ammunition recovered. The firearms included 208 rifles .38 revolvers; 9mm pistols and hunting rifles.

Several containers of dagga were seized, and a bush knife.

The three suspects appeared in the Kranskop Magistrate’s Court last Monday. The cases have been remanded while ballistic tests are carried out on the firearms recovered.

In praising the police officers involved KZN Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Bheki Langa said: “I appeal to the community to provide us with information on those who are in possession of illegal firearms in their area. Communities may remain anonymous when reporting and can also call Crime Stop on 08600 10111 .

The firearms recovered in this operation will be subjected to ballistic tests to establish whether used in  any other crimes in the area.

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