Lwandle police were out in full force over the Easter weekend, nabbing 18 suspects during routine patrols and operations.The arrested suspects were nabbed for offences such as theft, driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of dagga and possession of dangerous weapons, among others.Sergeant Mthokozisi Gama, Lwandle police spokesperson, said the men and women in blue aimed to ensure police visibility and presence in the precinct throughout the long weekend.“A total of 18 people were arrested by Lwandle police for various crimes in the precinct,” he said. “Officers executed search warrants, conducted high density patrols and visible policing as well as stop-and-search operations.“Crime against women and children, and domestic violence remains a main priority for the police. Over the weekend, officers arrested four suspects, aged 25 to 38, for malicious damage to property, common assault under domestic violence and assault with the intention of causing grievous bodily harm.” Gama said all the arrested suspects appeared in the Strand Magistrate’s Court yesterday morning (Wednesday 4 April). The outcome of the appearances was not known at the time of going to print. . To prevent drugs and alcohol abuse, which often results in assaults, child abuse and domestic violence, local shebeens were searched and more than 35 F of liquor was confiscated in the course of the weekend. “Four people were arrested for dealing in liquor without a licence,” Gama said, adding they too appeared in court yesterday. “These suspects, between the ages of 26 and 50, were arrested and released on bail. . “Another 40-year-old suspect was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of liquor on the N2 on Sunday 1 April at 08:00. The suspect was arrested and charged for drunk-driving and causing an accident. He was released on bail and told to appear in court on 15 July.” . Meanwhile, a 27-year-old man was arrested for a robbery that occurred at a house in Mbandezelo Street, Lwandle on Monday 26 March.According to Gama, three suspects robbed the complainant and his friend of their cellphones while they were inside the house. “One suspect was caught by the police immediately after the incident,” he said. “He appeared in court on Tuesday 3 April.” . A man (47) was arrested after he was searched and found to be in possession of a dangerous weapon in Lwandle. Gama said a case of possession of a dangerous weapon was opened and the man appeared in court on Tuesday. . A 46-year-old man was arrested and charged with possession of dagga on Friday 30 March. Gama said officers spotted the suspect walking from a suspected drug house in Nomzamo. “They searched him and found a dagga cigarette in his mouth,” he said. “He was arrested and appeared in court on Tuesday.” . A 24-year-old suspect was arrested for shoplifting a bottle of whisky from a local liquor store. He also appeared in court on theft charges on Tuesday, Gama said, adding other suspects arrested at the weekend were charged with riotous behaviour.