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2016-01-21 06:00

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The war against drugs and substance abuse received a boost when police destroyed a dagga plantation in Marcus Garvey settlement, in Phillipi over the weekend.

Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi said the the discovery of a R 1.7 million dagga plant in Philippi shows that police are “taking tough stance against drugs”.

“We arrested of five people including a female after one of our member recieved a tip off regarding the illegal cultivation of dagga in the area,” she said,

Sitshitshi said police attached to the Trio Crimes and Gangs unit conducted an operation at Marcus Garvey after receiving a tip off from the community of illegal cultivation of dagga in that area.

Five suspects, four males and a female ages between 26 and 43 were arrested.

On the same day a 32 year old man was arrested for theft of copper cables.

“The suspect was found with copper cables valued at R 20 000 in his possession,” said Sitshitshi.

She also added that the Nyanga Police precinct has arrested mopre than 120 suspects in the last week.

“In the past week arrested one hundred and twenty-six suspects.

The suspects were apprehended during shebeen operations, searches at drug houses, vehicle control points, stop and searches. These crimes were committed in the six sectors of the cluster,” said Sitshitshi.

She said that some of the arrests made were of crimes committed in other areas and suspects found in the precinct.

“Fifty-two suspects were apprehended for dealing and being in possession of drugs , thirteen for dealing in liquor, seven for dangerous weapons, ten for possession of stolen vehicles,six for car hijackings, attempted murder and possession of ammunition, six for stolen property, eight for crimes against women and children as well as possession of ammunition.

Some suspects were apprehended for other various crimes ranging from assault and drunken driving,” she said.

She said that police also confiscated drugs, liquor, firearms and ammunition with 144g of tik, 45.5 Mandrax tablets and 611.398g of dagga.

Suspects appeared in different Magistrate Court.

“ The station management also appreciates the contribution made by some community members and would love to encourage all people to share information on any criminal activities happening in their areas,” she said.

Sitshitshi urged residents to report criminal activities the following numbers SAPS Nyanga 021 380 3300, Nyanga Cluster JOC 021 684 1530, Nyanga Detectives 021 380 3320, 6000 Or 3325 and 3379 OR Shift Commander’s Number 082 469 2470.

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