Arrests for murder, drug possession

2015-05-05 06:00

Through integrated operations, Philippi police arrested 63 people for various crimes last week.

Seven of these arrests were in connection with a murder.

Of the arrests made, 31 were arrested for the possession of drugs such as mandrax, heroin, tik and dagga.

Suspects have already appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to illegal possession of drugs.

After experiencing sporadic shooting incidents, Philippi police are working around the clock in order to address gang violence as well as other crimes, says spokesperson Lieutenant Lance Goliath.

On Thursday 16 April while on patrol around Mentz Court police approached a suspicious looking man.

“On searching the man police found a 9mm pistol with a magazine and live ammunition in his possession,” Goliath says.

The suspect could not provide a valid reason for being in possession of the firearm and was arrested for its possession, he says.

Police also arrested a 35-year-old man for the possession of suspected stolen property when he was found pushing a black “wheelie” bin containing a large quantity of paving bricks, Goliath says.

“The suspect could not produce any proof of ownership and was arrested,” he says.

Several other suspects were arrested for various crimes such as theft, assault, shoplifting.

Police were also able to nab suspects who had warrants of arrest issued against them for not complying with child maintenance.

Philippi police station commander Colonel Frankes De Vis says officers will continue to work around the clock to combat crime and bring the perpetrators to book.

“Philippi police will maintain a zero tolerance approach against criminals,” he says

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