Man arrested in dagga den

2015-09-01 06:00
Some of the cash and drugs confiscated last weekend. 

City of Cape Town

Some of the cash and drugs confiscated last weekend. PHOTO: City of Cape Town

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Several suspects have been arrested in a weekend operation by law enforcement agencies.

The City of Cape Town’s enforcement agencies arrested 86 suspects during weekend operations – 68 of them for drunk driving, seven for drug-related offences and several others for possession of stolen property and riotous behaviour.

On Saturday last week a tip-off led the tactical response unit to a house in Beacon Valley where officers found dagga and several bankies hidden in a barrier wall in the yard of the home. The officers arrested a 19-year-old man and also confiscated R14 869 in cash.

A drug courier saw his Sunday afternoon take a turn for the worst when members of the metro police’s gang and drug task team acted on a tip-off and intercepted his drug delivery in Bellville.

When the man was pulled over, officers identified the Fiat Palio and the driver as a suspect who had been arrested in July for possession of drugs.

Officers found a packet of tik, five dagga stoppe and more than R1 300 in cash in the man’s possession.

“These are both good arrests and came from credible information from the public. We are thankful to residents who have had enough of these drug peddlers in their communities and who are standing up by blowing the whistle,” says mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith.

“It is a little disheartening, though, that our staff continue to come across familiar faces; no doubt the communities who see drug dealers arrested today and back on the street tomorrow feel the same. So I would appeal to the criminal justice system to take a harder line on these offences.”

Metro police also arrested 19 motorists for drunk driving – 11 of them along Voortrekker Road in Goodwood, Parow and Bellville.

Cape Town’s traffic services, meanwhile, arrested 49 drunk drivers, including eight at a roadblock in Green Point, 24 in Delft and 17 during an operation focusing on illegal street racing in Belhar.

Three motorists were arrested for reckless and negligent driving.

A motorcyclist and his passenger were also chased down after trying to evade a roadblock in Belhar by speeding off against the flow of traffic.

Officers later found that the motorcycle had been reported stolen in Ravensmead.

The passenger was found with a rucksack full of suspected stolen goods, while the rider had a tik lollie in his possession

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