Almost half of arrests were for drugs

2017-08-08 06:01

The Mitchell’s Plain policing cluster held several crime prevention operations in its eight police station precincts, resulting in the arrest of 605 people between Friday 28 July and Thursday last week.

Stop-and-searches, search warrants, searching for wanted suspects, high-density patrols and visible policing led to these arrests.

During these operations 68 houses were identified as part of drug searches, resulting in 260 people arrested.

Police also confiscated the following amount of drugs:

. 131g heroin

. 404g tik

. 147 mandrax tablets

. 1 unit of cocaine

. 864g dagga

Four illegal and unlicenced firearms were also confiscated and four people were arrested.

A further 27 people were arrested for cases of domestic violence.

Police searched 17 shebeens and confiscated 68F liquor. Two people were arrested for illegally selling alcohol.

Twenty-six second-hand goods premises were also searched.

Traffic offencesThree fines for traffic violations amounting to R3000 were issued during vehicle checkpoints and roadblock operations.

Tracing operations to search for wanted suspects resulted in 36 suspects arrested in nine operations conducted during the week.

Police officers also did routine visits to spaza shops – mostly owned by foreigners – to ensure safety and prevent business robberies and xenophobic attacks.

Police made a total of 903 visits to spaza shops in the week.

Other people were arrested for crimes including murder, house burglary and theft, car theft, possession of stolen property, robbery, drunk driving, possession of a dangerous weapon and traffic ­violations.

Major-General Gregory Goss, commander of the Mitchell’s Plain policing cluster, says the police will continue to clamp down on crime.

“The police will maintain a zero-tolerance approach to preventing crime and in the investigation of crime,” he says.

Goss says he applauds all officers who participated in the week’s operations together with other security forces who helped the police.V To report crime, call your nearest police station or CrimeStop on 08600 10111. All information will be treated as confidential.

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