Police target drug dens

2016-11-15 06:00

Grassy Park police are continuing efforts to keep crime at bay in their precinct.

Recent operations showed good successes when police clamped down on drug dens and illegal shebeens.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says police conducted crime prevention operations at various crime hotspots on the weekend of Friday 4 to Monday 7 November.

“Several drug dens and people were searched in the broader Grassy Park area.

“Two liquor operations took place on Saturday 5 November in Kershout Street, Lotus River and in Blackbird Avenue, Parkwood. Liquor to the amount of 829F was confiscated. In Kershout Street several freezers were removed from the premises and two men and a female, aged between 21 and 48, were arrested,” Kleinsmith says.

In Blackbird Avenue, a 31-year-old woman was arrested.

“On Friday 4 November at about 23:30 information was followed up in Wagtail Road in New Horizons of drugs being sold there. When arriving at the premises [the search revealed] 17 big packets, 23 smaller packets and a bigger plastic bag was found with tik inside. The drugs’ street value is estimated at R15 000. Three suspects, aged between 20 and 39, were arrested on charges of dealing in, alternatively possession of drugs,” Kleinsmith explains.

On Saturday 5 November at about 15:30 crime prevention officers were busy with patrols in Ottery Road when they noticed a suspicious car.

“[Police officers noticed] a silver Ford Focus driving over a red robot. They chased the car and when pulling it over and searching it they found 106 small and seven big packets of tik. [They also found] 22 whole and two half mandrax tablets, several new [tik] lollies and an undisclosed amount of cash,” she says.

Two Nigerian men, both aged 32, were arrested on charges of possession of drugs. The street value of the drugs are estimated to be R25 000.

At about 00:15 on Sunday 6 November Athlone police helped Grassy Park police with the tracing of a murder suspect in Lotus River.

“Information was received on the whereabouts of the suspect in Sundew Road, Lotus River. On arrival at the premises they found a sealer and a scale. [This led officers to] believe that drugs were on the premises. After searching the premises, they found 196 whole and four half mandrax tablets. They also found 26 9mm rounds. Two suspects, aged 22 and 36, were arrested on dealing in, alternatively possession of drugs and possession of ammunition,” Kleinsmith says.

At the same premises a 32-year-old man was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition after he was searched and a firearm was found on him.

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