Arrests in cluster over past week

2016-06-14 06:00

The Mitchell’s Plain police cluster arrested more than 200 people between Monday 6 June and Saturday 11 June.

A total of 117 houses were searched for drugs during various operations in the cluster. Operations resulted in the arrest of 257 suspects for crimes ranging from attempted murder, possession of firearms and drugs.

A total of 69.2g of heroine, 398.64g of tik, 409.52 mandrax tablets and more than 1kg of dagga was confiscated.

There was also 15 tracing operations which resulted in arrests of 57 wanted suspects.

Police in the cluster also recorded 43 cases of crimes against women and children which resulted in 20 arrests. This was coupled with three arrests for possession of firearms and the firearms were confiscated.

Captain Ian Williams says police received information about a shooting in Parkwood Avenue on Sunday 12 June. A seven-year-old girl was shot during the cross-fire.

“Police saw three suspects running and gave chase. One man was arrested and two firearms, a silver and black Taurus with magazine and fifteen rounds and a Vector CP1 with four rounds and magazine, was recovered. “The girl, who was injured in her forearm and chest, was rushed to hospital. The suspect faces a charge of attempted murder as well as a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm,” Williams confirms.

Later the same evening at about 21:45 police were busy with crime prevention duties in Parkers Walk, Parkwood. “(Police) spotted a man who started running when he saw police. Police noticed the suspect had a backpack and gave chase,” Williams says.

The suspect was apprehended shortly after the chase. “Inside the back pack was a Taurus .38 special firearm and three rounds. The suspect was arrested and the firearm seized,” he confirms.

The 17-year-old suspect faces a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm and appeared in court on related charges.

In another incident on Sunday 5 June at 09:00, Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says police received information of a suspect selling dagga in Phumlani Village. When police arrived, they found a 20-year-old man and after searching they found a huge amount of dagga estimated value R1 000, Kleinsmith says.

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