Clampdown on CBD drug trade Contact the Verulam SAPS on 032 541 5222.

2015-11-19 06:00
Confiscated straws of heroin from a 25-year-old who was arrested for possession of the illegal narcotics at the Moss Street taxi rank. Photo: supplied

Confiscated straws of heroin from a 25-year-old who was arrested for possession of the illegal narcotics at the Moss Street taxi rank. Photo: supplied

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VERULAM SAPS Crime Prevention Unit arrested a 25-year-old man during the weekend for possession of 50 straws of heroin at the Moss Street taxi rank which has become a drug hot spot.

In the past week 12 arrests have been made at the Moss Street and Ireland Street ranks which police have identified as hot spots for the drug trade in the Verulam CBD.

Verulam SAPS communications officer Mark Prakasim said the suspect has been charged for possession of illegal narcotics and will appear at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court soon for a bail application.

“The police have declared war on drugs and will conduct more operations to eradicate drug dealing and abuse in the Verulam area,” said Prakasim.

“These areas are under surveillance by our crime intelligence unit and we are constantly monitoring these areas for drug related activities.”

The main drugs identified as being sold at these ranks are whoonga and dagga.

Most of the addicts buying from these dealers at the ranks have also been identified as being between the ages of 16 and 25.

“We are seeing many young people getting addicted to whoonga and it has become prevalent among the youth. Some of the effects of this drug are severe bone and body pains and extreme withdrawal.”

Prakasim said police have concentrated their efforts on these hot spots and the Verulam CBD to cripple the trade and anyone who has been contributing directly or indirectly will also be dealt with by the law.

“We are trying to curb the sale of drugs which are attainable in the CBD to impact on the trade and its contribution to crime in general,” said Prakasim.

“From analysis all our petty thefts and housebreakings are largely contributed to by addicts looking for a fix.”

Prakasim said muggings and thefts from vehicles in the CBD were all being contributed to by the drug trade and the stolen property is being sold to second hand dealers and cellphone shops for a ‘fix’.

He said a national effort called Operation Fiela, to clamp down on the purchase of stolen property is ongoing and random visits and inspections of tuck shops, cellphone shops and second hand dealers are taking place.

“We are also clamping down on second hand dealers and all persons buying stolen property because this is aiding the addicts sell what they have stolen in order to get a fix,” said Prakasim.

“In the last week we have charged two second hand dealers for receiving stolen property.”

He warned anyone buying property off the street to be cautious and to report any suspicious activity to the police and anyone who needs aid with addiction can contact the station on 032 541 5222.

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