Hard night

2015-05-06 09:34
Several police vans blockade the street during the raid as the 100 neighbourhood watch members chant “No more drugs”. 

Samantha Lee

Several police vans blockade the street during the raid as the 100 neighbourhood watch members chant “No more drugs”. PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

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They waste no time getting to work on a steel gate as they attempt to raid a suspected drug dealer’s home in Tafelsig West.

Before the van has stopped they are at it with a sledge hammer, trying to get in.

The Tactical Response Team (TRT) has been trained to deal with high-profile crimes and are prepared for all possibilities.

Once in through a side gate the officers waste no time securing the perimeter for their search.

During a special operation with the community safety structures on Thursday last week, houses were raided for drugs in the Mitchell’s Plain policing area.

People’s Post accompanied the police on their search of five houses between 18:30 and 23:00.

During that time eight people were arrested for possession.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Jerome Voegt says the operation was about community participation.

“Our aim is to impact drug operations. Weeding out dealers is a lengthy process. With this operation we wanted to get the community on board,” he says.

More than 100 residents and volunteers joined the police on the operation. They were also accompanied by the provincial police helicopter. Voegt says it was a “successful turnout representing all sectors in the police precinct”.

The residents led the procession, arriving at the houses first.

“No more drugs,” the group chanted.

Ten to twelve vans from all over the police cluster accompanied the TRT van to the houses in Tafelsig West, Rocklands, Lost City, Hyde Park and Westrigde.

The first arrest was made in Lost City.

“While on patrol police received information that drugs were being sold at a home in Joan Street,” Voegt tells People’s Post.

Two men, aged 26 and 32, were arrested as they were found in possession of mandrax.

The second set of arrests was of a 25- and a 55-year-old man at a home in Tafelsig West. Mandrax and dagga stoppe were found in a wendy house there.

This was followed by more arrests in Rocklands. As the chopper circled the Lonian Street home, officers walked out with two men and a woman after a search.

Officers had found dagga and mandrax and arrested a 22-year-old man and another two who claimed to be 16 years old.

The formal operation had started at 14:00 on Thursday last week and ended at 02:00 on Friday.

Several other suspected drug houses were searched, which led to an additional seven arrests.

The first arrest came at 15:30 when officers arrested a 27-year-old foreign national in town centre.

He had attempted to shoot a fellow Somalian when officers spotted him and found a 7.65 pistol with 6 live rounds in his possession. Just after midnight officers followed up on information that drugs were being stored at a house in Korfbal Street, Beacon Valley. Suspects aged between 14 and 47 were arrested.

During the operation 123 heroin units, 15 mandrax tablets, five half mandrax tablets, 16 dagga stoppe and 13 small packets of tik were confiscated

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