Success for Mountain Rise SAPS operation

2015-06-24 06:00

ANOTHER successful crime prevention operation took place this weekend by 30 members of the Mountain Rise police force under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Spalding.

The focus of the operation was drug and alcohol offences and a mission to infiltrate the policing area with high-density blue-light patrols.

Members acted on information received about alcohol being sold at several shebeens and tuck shops in Woodlands, Eastwood, Copesville and Northdale areas­. They kept observations on all these premises before, swooping on the unlicensed premises. Three suspects were arrested for dealing in liquor without a valid licence. The members also seized huge quantity of alcohol from these premises valued at R35 000.

There were also stop-and-search of vehicles, cordon and search of premises and blue-light patrols. From this, 28 suspects, aged between 19 and 37, were arrested for various crimes including murder, attempted murder, rape, house robbery, theft of motor vehicle, dealing in liquor without valid licence, possession of drugs and other crimes.

Communications officer Warrant Officer Joshua Maistry said the weekend’s crime-prevention operation was a great success. “Several people from the community were very happy with the action taken by police. Many said they are fed up with the alcohol and drug abuse, which is contributing to other crimes taking place,” he said.

Station Commander Brigadier Francis Bantham, commended the members involved in the operation.

“I would like to thank the community who have given positive information, which resulted in a successful operation. It is people like you that make the difference in creating a safer community. Community policing partnership is the way forward.” - Supplied

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