CITY police made significant progress in the fight against drugs during a massive raid in Mountain Rise last week. In a joint operation with the Umgungundlovu North Cluster office, Crime Intelligence Unit and SAPS Mountain Rise Detective Drug Unit Investigator, an undercover drug project, under the leadership of project commander Lieutenant-Colonel Coleen Paul, has been operational since February. “A project of this magnitude carries a high level of risk and often places members’ lives in danger. This type of duties requires courage and determination to infiltrate the drug syndicates. Intensive undercover investigation was conducted in order to address the drug trafficking in the northern suburb area. “The team worked sometimes around the clock, day and night to gather evidence. The investigation was not easy because the premises were fitted with CCTV cameras, high fencing, high entrance gates and vicious watch dogs,” said Paul. The team have been monitoring the dealing of crack cocaine by eight suspects for six months, including drug sale transactions worth approximately R375 000 in Northdale, Bombay Heights and Mountview.During a special drug sting operation in the early hours of last Friday, eight suspects, aged between 23 and 52, were arrested for dealing in cocaine. The team also seized crack cocaine with a street value of R5 000, jewellery to the value of approximately R75 000, including R25 000 in cash. Several cocaine pipes and wrappings used for packaging the drugs was seized from two premises.“The first syndicate comprised of four Indian males operating from Parsley Crescent, Bombay Heights area. Currently two suspects from this syndicate are serving suspended sentences for dealing in drugs and one suspect has a pending criminal case of dealing in cocaine.“The second syndicate comprised of two Indian males and one Indian female who were operating from Seagull Road, Mountview. Currently two suspects from this syndicate also are serving suspended sentences for dealing in drugs.“The remaining one suspect, an Indian male, was operating in Vengada Road, in Northdale, using his barber shop at his residence as a front,” said Warrant Officer Joshua Maistry from the Mountain Rise police station. The community are very happy with the drug sting operation. A community member, who did not want to be named for fear of victimisation, said they are glad the police arrested the drug dealers. “Almost every day youngsters, as young as 11, visit these houses and leave after spending hours at the place,” he said. Umgungundlovu North Cluster Commander Brigadier Francis Bantham thanked officers and members who were part of the undercover drug operation. “The project was successful, resulting in the apprehension of eight suspects, who were involved in illicit drug trafficking. Undercover drug operations of this nature will continue in the community in order to curb the crime of drug trafficking,” she said. - Supplied.