Cops clean up Mkholombe

2011-03-01 00:00

FIFTEEN people were arrested in the Mkholombe area near Marburg when police raided the informal settlement yesterday morning searching for unlicensed firearms, dangerous weapons, drugs, stolen property, and wanted criminals.

Over 100 members from Port Shepstone cluster, Durban public order policing (POP) unit, Empangeni POP and Pietermaritzburg POP flooded the area from 3 am and did house-to-house searches. A police helicopter circled above Mkholombe to make sure nobody was able to escape the search.

Confiscated during the operation were a .32 pistol, .303 rifle rounds, marijuana, fake DVDs and CDs, dangerous weapons, liquor, suspected stolen property such as hifis, TVs and a sound system.

The 15 people who were arrested will appear in court on various charges.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid of the SA Police Force corporate communications division commended the police members involved in the operation.

“This operation is in line with the provincial police plan to clamp down on illegal firearms and drugs,” said Wiid.

The operation followed the arrest of two Murchison-based women on Friday night who were allegedly dealing in drugs.

Lieutenant-Colonel Kobus Barnard, Warrant Officer Sydney Seaton, Warrant Officer Gerhard Prinsloo and Sergeant Stanley Holloway set up a deal and bought six straws containing what is suspected to be “whoonga” from the women.

In total, 19 straws were confiscated as well as five Mandrax tablets. Each straw is worth R35 and each mandrax tablet R70.

The two will appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court today.

Wiid told the Witness: “Whoonga is a new drug on the market. It is packed in powder form in drinking straws of about 2cm and sealed off at both ends. In essence this drug is heroin, but forensic analysis has shown that other substances such as strychnine (used in rat poison) and Stocrin (found in antiretroviral medication for people living with HIV), are also added.”

Wiid warned parents: “This drug is highly addictive and dangerous; parents should be aware of the company their children seek and monitor their activities.

“Innocent children might try this new drug and because of its highly addictive nature, get hooked immediately. Investigations are continuing …”

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