Guns, drugs confiscated

2016-04-12 06:00
Police clamped down on crime in the Grassy Park precinct last week resulting in six arrests for charges relating to firearm and drug possession.

Police clamped down on crime in the Grassy Park precinct last week resulting in six arrests for charges relating to firearm and drug possession.

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At least six suspects have been arrested during last week as Grassy Park police conducted operations in the precinct.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says police officers were busy with crime intelligence operations in the area during last week.

“On Tuesday crime prevention officers, sector managers and crime information officers were busy with crime intelligence operations in Grassy Park.

“At about 01:35 officers received information of drugs being sold at Regent Place, Ottery. Upon searching the suspect, officers found 50 whole and 20 half mandrax tablets on the suspect,” Kleinsmith says.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on charges relating to dealing alternatively and the possession of drugs.

On the same day at 09:00 the sector manager of Sector 2 received information of a suspect robbing people in 8th avenue, Grassy Park with a firearm. “Officers followed up the information and found the suspect fitting the description in 8th Avenue. They searched the suspect and found a black imitation firearm, a crush mandrax tablet and one tik lolly containing traces of tik on the suspect.

The 23-year-old suspect was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm as well as possession of drugs.

At 14:30 officers were busy in the Parkwood Area with an unmarked police vehicle when they noticed a blue Honda Ballade, with no registration plates in Acacia Road,” Kleinsmith adds.

“Officers stopped the vehicle and recognised the two in the front seat of the vehicle as members of the Yuru Cats of Ottery. Police officers observed them and saw that the passenger threw something under his seat,” Kleinsmith says.

Upon searching the vehicle officers found a black 9mm Makarov pistol with its serial number filed off and five 9mm rounds as well as 30 mandrax tablets. Both suspects aged 29 and 26 were arrested on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of mandrax tablets, possession of ammunition and driving without a license and vehicle not licensed.

All suspect will appear on related charges in the Wynberg Magistrate’s court.

Drugs confiscatedOn Thursday at about 12:00 officers were busy with operation Paseka, Kleinsmith says.

“During this operation officers were busy with search warrants and stop and searches in the Ottery Flats when they observed two suspicious men. Upon searching the men, one dropped a packet on the ground. Officers then opened the packet and found 341 packets of tik,” she says.

The tik is estimated at a street value of R17 000.

Two suspects aged 23 and 22 were arrested on charges of dealing alternatively and the possession of drugs, they will appear on related charges in the Wynberg Magistrate’s court. The acting visible policing commander Captain Ashley Petersen says police will continue clamping down on crime and the perpetrators thereof.

Community partnershipThe station commander Colonel Shawn Van Wyk says police will maintain their zero tolerance approach in the combatting and investigation of crime.

“Strengthening the partnership between the community and the police is high on the agenda as it is contributing to reducing of crime and the apprehension of perpetrators thereof.”

The police are further appealing to the community to get involved in the reward system. This system allows any adult members of the community to become pro-actively involved in the prevention of crime.

Crime and criminals can be reported and a reward could be received by the reporter.

Anyone with information on crime can call the police on 021 700 3940 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.

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