Five up for possession of unlicensed firearms

2017-01-12 06:01
Photo: supplied The five unlicensed firearms and ammunition found in possession of suspects in Tongaat.

Photo: supplied The five unlicensed firearms and ammunition found in possession of suspects in Tongaat.

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FIVE suspects, who were arrested in Tongaat, appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s court for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition on 4 January.

The suspects, aged between 32 and 40 were arrested on the N2 near Tongaat Toll Plaza last Wednesday morning.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said in a statement that Durban Flying Squad members were conducting crime prevention duties on the N2 when they received information about a vehicle suspected to be transporting firearms.

“A joint operation by Durban Flying Squad, K9 Unit, Provincial Tracking Team and eThekwini Central Crime Intelligence was held and they started to look for the vehicle, a Toyota Quantum, which was spotted near the toll plaza.

There were five suspects in the vehicle that was headed towards Inanda. The vehicle was searched and five unlicensed firearms were recovered.

“The recovered firearms include 303 rifle, two 7.65 pistols, Norico star, Z88 pistol and 30 ammunition. The firearms will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain if they were used in the commission of any crime. It is suspected that the suspects were on their way to commit crime and the police intercepted them.”

KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa welcomed the arrest and the recovery of these firearms by the members.

“I sincerely appreciated the good work displayed by our members in tracing and recovering these unlicensed firearms from wrong hands.

“This will help in decreasing murder and armed robbery where firearms are used.

“I encouraged the community to continue working with the police in the fight against crime by providing valuable information about illegal­ firearms in their areas.”

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