26 caught with drugs

2017-07-25 06:01
Philippi police have arrested 53 suspects in the last week during various operations conducted in the area.

Philippi police have arrested 53 suspects in the last week during various operations conducted in the area.

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Philippi police arrested 53 people in various operations conducted in the area last week.

According to police spokesperson Captain Lance Goliath, 26 of the arrested people were caught with drugs.

Others were arrested for theft, assault and robbery. One man made his court appearance after he was arrested for possession of an imitation firearm.

“Crime prevention operations were carried out throughout Hanover Park at well-known drug and liquor outlets as well as the random stop-and-searches of suspicious people and vehicles and houses of well- known, self-proclaimed gang members. Foot patrols and vehicle patrols are continuing,” he says.

An 18-year-old man was arrested for the illegal possession of ammunition on ­Saturday.

Goliath says officers of the K9 unit, the City of Cape Town’s stabilisation unit and Metro Police were busy with crime prevention in Johndown Walk in Hanover Park when they stopped and searched the man. A small quantity of new live 9mm ammunition was found in his possession and he was arrested.

Goliath adds that soon thereafter, the officers acted on information relating to a wendy house also in Johndown Walk.

The officers searched the premises and seized a large quantity of drugs with an estimated street value of R1000, a .38 Special Taurus revolver along with fully loaded R5 magazines and a large quantity of live shotgun ammunition, 7.65 ammunition, .45mm ammunition, 9mm magazines and large calibre ammunition underground.

The serial number of the firearm had been filed off.

Police arrested a 42-year-old man for the illegal possession of a firearm, ammunition and drugs.

Both men appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, ammunition and drugs.

Philippi Police Station commander Colonel Dennis Abels says his officers will maintain a zero-tolerance approach to criminals.

“Police have a reward system whereby good money is being rewarded for positive information supplied to police about crime which results in the successful arrest and prosecution of criminals,” he says.

Anyone with information on crime can call the police on 021 690 1504 or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.

All information will be treated as highly confidential.

Information on crime can also be given to the head of visible policing, Lieutenant-Colonel Desmond Laing, who can be contacted on 082 469 3016 or 021 690 1503.

Sector commander Warrant Officer Gregory Philander can be contacted on 082 522 0781 or 021 690 1567.

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