Chiefs get ‘drug runners’

2016-11-15 06:00
Colonel Jan Alexander, commander of Steenberg Police Station, and Lieutenant-Colonel Adriaan Saulse, visible policing commander, with the knife, dagga and backpack they confisticated last week.

Colonel Jan Alexander, commander of Steenberg Police Station, and Lieutenant-Colonel Adriaan Saulse, visible policing commander, with the knife, dagga and backpack they confisticated last week.

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A police station commander in the Steenberg area arrested a man (33) and woman (26) last week.

Colonel Jan Alexander, commander of Steenberg Police Station, went patrolling with Lieutenant-Colonel Adriaan Saulse, the visible policing commander, on Tuesday when Alexander received information about an alleged shooting in Chapel Court, Lavender Hill.

Steenberg police spokesperson Warrant Officer John Bartlett says on their arrival they saw a man and a woman walking in the street.

“He acted very suspiciously and had his hand in this back pocket. When he was instructed to stand to be searched a brown object was protruding from his back jeans pocket.

“Alexander searched him and found it to be a brown 21cm homemade knife with a sharpened 9cm blade,” he says.

“The 33-year-old man of De Waal Court, Lavender Hill was arrested for the possession of a dangerous weapon.

“The woman was carrying a black backpack on her back and went to stand at a nearby shop. She allowed the backpack to be searched. When it was searched by Saulse it had five parcels of dagga. [She] was arrested for the possession of dagga.”

Both appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

“This is not the first time that the station commander went on patrols and arrested suspects,” Bartlett says.

“People are used by drug merchants to keep their drugs against a fee or the merchant promises to pay their rent and electricity. These people must realise that the police have ears and eyes in the community.”

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