12 Firearms recovered in three-day raid

2017-11-01 06:01
Preparing to be dropped off in remote areas in Kranskop.

Preparing to be dropped off in remote areas in Kranskop.

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TACKLING illegal firearms, with members from Pietermaritzburg and Port Shepstone Public Order Police assisted by the Pietermaritzburg­ Tactical Response Unit, Crime Intelligence, South African a task team Defence Air Force Wing, Kranskop and Greytown Visible Policing, members saturated the Umzinyathi Cluster in an intense three-day - October 24 to 26 - operation which led to the recovery of 12 unlicensed firearms, with arrests.

Mambulu is notorious for the proliferation of unlicensed firearms.

The members conducted stop and searches­ and searched homesteads for unlicensed firearms and recovered five unlicenced shotguns, including two double barrel shotguns, a 303 rifle, a home-made rifle, a .38 revolver and an assortment of ammunition.

A further success was the arrest of a suspect wanted for four business robbery cases as he tried to flee the area.

Later that night members recovered two unlicensed .38 revolvers with four live rounds.

The availability of a SANDF Oryx helicopter influenced the operation commanders to go back to Kranskop and target areas that could not be reached by vehicle.

They boarded the helicopter in the early hours of October 26, at a secret location, and were then dropped off at various places in Kranskop.

The ploy proved to be very effective as the members recovered a further five unlicensed firearms – a shotgun, three 9mm pistols and a .38 pistol as well as various rounds of ammunition.

The arrested suspects have appeared in the Kranskop Magistrate’s Court.

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