40 arrested in single cluster

2018-02-13 06:00
Police took to the streets of Athlone, Hanover Park and Mitchell’s Plain on Wednesday to clamp down on criminals in these areas.

Police took to the streets of Athlone, Hanover Park and Mitchell’s Plain on Wednesday to clamp down on criminals in these areas.

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Police took to the streets of Athlone, Hanover Park and Mitchell’s Plain on Wednesday as Major General André Lincoln, together with Deputy Cluster Commander Mmagauta Letsoalo, headed a team of police officials as well as members of Metro Police, Law Enforcement and Traffic Services to clamp down on criminals in these areas­.

“In order for crime to be eradicated, emphasis was put on drug lords, gang kingpins, undocumented persons, taxi routes, gangs, drugs and firearms. With the involvement of senior management, including the station commanders of the three police stations, namely Athlone, Mitchell’s Plain and Philippi, and the various police units and other Law Enforcement agencies, crime was dealt a major blow as 40 criminals were arrested within the first few hours of the crime prevention operation,” says Philippi police spokesperson, Captain Lance Goliath.

Twenty-two suspects were arrested on warrants of arrest for various cases such as theft, possession of drugs and robbery.

The suspects appeared in the Athlone and Mitchell’s Plain magistrate’s courts respectively on Thursday.

Goliath says that 10 drug outlets were searched and vehicle checkpoints were held throughout the three police station precincts.

Fines to the value of R5000 were issued to motorists not adhering to the Road Traffic Act.

Vehicles were also randomly searched at the vehicle checkpoints for illegal firearms and ammunition, as well as any illegal substances.

Thirteen suspects were arrested for the illegal possession of various drugs such as tik, heroin, unga and mandrax.

The estimated street value of the drugs confiscated is R3000.

Police also confiscated an undisclosed amount of cash from two of the suspects arrested for illegal possession of drugs.

“A 25-year-old woman, who was among the 13 suspects arrested for drugs, is also facing a charge of defeating the ends of justice after she attempted to flush drugs down the toilet when police searched the house she was at in Hanover Park,” adds Goliath­.

Other suspects were arrested on charges of possession of stolen property and robbery and appeared in the Athlone and Mitchell’s Plain magistrate’s courts respectively on Friday.

Lincoln says police will maintain a zero tolerance approach towards criminals.

“The 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.

“Lincoln has commended the members for a job well done, as well as those members in the communities who contribute positively in the fight against crime,” concludes Goliath.

V Anyone with information on crime can call the police on 021 377 5042 or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111. All information will be treated as strictly confidential.

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