Wide raid targets drugs

2017-05-23 16:31
Police officers search a house in Urfield Road in Lavender Hill during a raid.

Police officers search a house in Urfield Road in Lavender Hill during a raid. (Monique Duval)

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An outcry from community members has pushed City of Cape Town security officers to hit the streets hard to fight crimes on the Cape Flats.

Last Wednesday officers of the City’s Law Enforcement swooped on drug dealers and gang houses.

Residents have said they want to get rid of gangsters and drugs in their suburbs.

The City held an integrated policing operation involving the Metro Police’s gang and drug task team, special investigations unit, traffic roadblock unit, Law Enforcement’s social housing unit and Law Enforcement’s vice and liquor squads.

A People’s Post team accompanied the officers on the eight-hours long operation which saw officers clamp down on illegal activities in Lavender Hill, Retreat, Lotus River, Grassy Park, Ottery and Manenberg.

As the officers’ convoy landed on Duiker Avenue in Lotus River residents came out on the streets, wanting to see for themselves what was going on.

A woman who spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity said the community really needs help.

“Our lives are in danger. Our children are also in danger. This avenue has deteriorated and drug activities are just destroying this community. Please, you must do something. It’s dangerous for us and for our children.

“We would like to thank the City as well for doing these raids. It might seem a long shot but you are really doing something.

“We do report these crimes and we feel a little safer when we see officials,” she said.

The main focus of the operation was on council flats.

The first arrest of the day was at Pieter Court in Lotus River, where a man living in a City-owned rental unit was arrested after he was found in possession of several packets of tik.

Several searches were done in these rental units before officers moved to courts in Retreat where several people were stopped and searched.

Another arrest on the day followed in Lavender Hill on Depsiton Cresent after a chase. With panic written all over his face and crying as he was being handcuffed, the man pleaded for leniency.

“Please sir, let me go. I don’t have time for drugs. You can go ask my mother. I don’t want to go to court. Please,” he said.

But his pleas fell on deaf ears as the officers were determined to crack down on drugs in the areas.

Several people from one Manenberg flat were arrested after officers found several units heroin hidden in the flat.

Officers executed search warrants on 10 suspected drug houses, stopped 185 cars, screened 120 drivers for driving while drunk and searched 40 people and 15 cars.

During the operation there were a total of 19 drug arrests, 88 traffic fines issued, 156 speeding cases, eight compliance notices issued by the social housing unit in terms of rental stock units, three notices issued for illegal alcohol sales and 13 fines for solicitation.

Drugs confiscated included 24 packets tik, 53 mandrax tablets, 18 units heroin, 114 bankies dagga, a parcel of dagga and 106 dagga stoppe.

A senior superintendent of the Metro Police says many of the complaints attended to are the result of tips from the public.

“We appreciate the willingness of some community members to help address social ills in their areas. The City will continue with this type of disruptive policing as it not only ensures a visible presence in gang-stricken communities but also presents an opportunity to make arrests and gather more intelligence in the process.”

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