Hundreds arrested for drugs

2016-11-01 06:00

Police in Mitchell’s Plain conducted intensive patrols last week. Suspicious people were stopped and searched and officers raided houses that had been identified as targets contributing to the high crime rate.

279 suspects were arrested for drug-related crimes and 41 houses were searched in the week to Sunday.

More than 30 shebeens were raided. this led to the confiscation of almost 8000F of alcohol and one arrest on a related charge.

Three roadblocks and an operation at a taxi rank resulted in 10 fines being issued to the value of R13 500. A stolen car was recovered.

Twenty premises selling second-hand goods were visited. A total of 622 spaza shops were also visited.

Twelve tracing operations were conducted. This led to 65 wanted people being arrested.

Seven people were arrested for the illegal possession of firearms and five firearms were confiscated.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Zita Norman says crime against women and children is a priority for the police and is being addressed. The Mitchell’s Plain policing cluster recorded 30 such cases in the period.

Brigadier Mmagauta Letsoalo, acting Mitchell’s Plain cluster commander, has commended officers for their dedication to fighting crime. She adds that officers under her command remain dedicated and positive and will continue building trust with community members and working together towards a safer environment.

She also supports structural measures to reduce crime.

“All members of the community are urged to join the community structures in their respective place of residence,” adds Letsoalo.

V Anyone with information can call the police at CrimeStop on 0860 010 111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.

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