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Western Cape police seize R30m in drugs

2012-06-28 17:00

Cape Town - Western Cape police have seized over R30m in illicit drugs in the last three months, provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer said on Thursday.

"We urge communities that the demand for drugs must go down. As long as there is a demand for drugs, there will be a supply," he told reporters in Cape Town.

He could not estimate the number of drugs in circulation, as they entered and exited the province too quickly. It was also too easy to manufacture drugs. "Tik" (methamphetamine) could be made in a kitchen.

Lamoer said there was a clear link between taking drugs and other crimes.

Since April this year, the State had secured 5 400 convictions for drug-related crimes, including murder and attempted murder.

Comments
  • sachasea - 2012-06-28 17:17

    "We urge communities that the demand for drugs must go down. As long as there is a demand for drugs, there will be a supply," he told reporters in Cape Town. Well at least they admit that they will never be able to stop people taking drugs by arresting those who sell them at the supply end of the scale. This admission in itself is progress. It also showcases why the War on Drugs cannot be won through prohibition. The only way to reduce drug use is by removing drugs from the criminal underworld. Regulated supply by the government is the only way to make serious gains in stopping abuse. I just wish the politicians would be brave enough to at least look at the alternatives as other countries are starting to do.

      sachasea - 2012-06-28 17:25

      Lamoer said there was a clear link between taking drugs and other crimes. The 'clear link' is only there because drugs are deemed 'illegal' by the political elite and hence forced into the territory of criminals like gangsters, rapists and murderers. Make drugs legal and regulate and tax them and you immediately remove a huge chunk of those criminals profits. It really is as simple as that.

      sachasea - 2012-06-28 17:28

      A new mini-documentary, Should Cannabis Be Legalised?, looks at what happened to Lambeth in south London when it 'depenalised' cannabis use between 2001 and 2002. This meant that so long as the cannabis was for personal use, police would only remove the drugs and issue a warning. There would be no arrests or prosecutions. The scheme was designed to save police time and money so they could focus on other crimes. The documentary focuses on a recent study by economists Jérôme Adda, Brendon McConnell and Imran Rasul at University College London that looks at the effect of the scheme on crime. What they find is that by not having to bother arresting people for what many see as a harmless activity, the police in Lambeth were able to focus on fighting more serious crime. By comparing Lambeth with other parts of London, the research finds that overall crime fell by 8 per cent in areas such as violence, robbery and criminal damage. This accounts for the vast majority of crime. What is more, even though crime fell, the number of arrests and prosecutions rose. As Professor Rasul puts it: "This suggests there is an increase in police effectiveness" – just as intended. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jQLMywBg7k&feature=g-upl

  • Pierre Vermaak - 2012-06-28 17:54

    You obviously have no idea what you're talking about.

  • andrew.arnesen - 2012-06-28 18:09

    Ya, well noticed, Boris! Why not legalize drugs and thus stop gang-related violence? There will always be a demand. And, saying that there is a link between drugs and crime is absolutely brilliant! It is like saying that there is a link between death and life... Awesome powers of deduction!

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-06-28 18:17

    No wonder ZILLE is always so HIGH,,,,,,, they are very so bussy there in W/cape

  • John - 2012-06-28 22:31

    BIG DEAL. Whose drugs are they. Put the useless cops attention on crimes against the LIFE and PROPERTY of the private individual. They are too busy chasing SOFT targets. A fat gut seems to be the standard for the cleaners and sweepers and no PREVENTION of CRIMES against the private people.

  • Beckie Knight - 2012-07-04 06:58

    All these drugs that have been "seized" over the years ... what happens to them? I would love to know. As far as legalizing hard-core drugs - I really don't believe that would work. I mean, can you imagine?!?!

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