Police arrest almost 500 in week

2015-09-15 06:00

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Almost 500 people found themselves on the wrong side of the law in Mitchell’s Plain last week.

Police officers arrested 484 suspects for various crimes between Monday last week and this past Sunday. These arrests include 223 suspects arrested for the possession of drugs, 64 arrested on outstanding warrants and 21 for crimes against women and children. Others were arrested for house breaking and theft, assaults with the intent of inflicting grievous bodily harm and assault.

These arrests were as a result of tracing operations.

Other arrests include possession of presumed stolen property and for traffic violations.

All these arrests were made during visible patrols, tracing operations, as well as during operations over the weekend.

In total, police visited 859 spaza shops, searched 87 houses for drugs and held four roadblocks. During these operations and searches, officers confiscated 222g heroin, 758 units tik, 857g dagga, 175 mandrax tablets and 58 half-tablets.

Officers also issued 15 fines to the value of R12 700 and confiscated 1 360F liquor during 10 shebeen operations.

Other successes include the recovery of two stolen cars and the confiscation of eight illegal firearms.

The Mitchell’s Plain policing cluster commander, Major-General Abraham Goss, says the police will continue clamping down on crime and criminal activities and bring perpetrators to justice.

He also applauds all members who participated during these operations together with other security forces that joined the operations and made the arrests over the past week

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