Almost 500 arrested for drugs, guns, liquor

2016-12-13 06:01

Police stations in the Nyanga cluster of policing precincts have recorded 461 arrests in the week up to Friday.

According to spokesperson Captain Ian Bennett, the police focused on gang activity and identified priority crimes in the cluster under the command of Major-General Moses Mamela.

He adds the higher number of officers deployed increased visibility in the most problematic areas of the cluster.

“Officers are deployed on a rotational basis, which ensures that the visibility remains and is sustained throughout the high-density operational period.

“The festive season lockdown operation started in Manenberg precinct and saw a clampdown on gangs and gang activity. This operation is also to show that the police are serious in addressing gangs and gang violence. We will not tolerate any attacks on officers and the disruption of the safety of the community,” says Bennett.

Drug houses searchedAlmost 100 drug houses were search, resulting in 203 people being arrested. The following drugs were confiscated: 95 units heroine, 329 units tik, 140 mandrax tablets, 12.7kg dagga.

Seventy-five shebeens were searched. Bennett says excessive drinking remains problematic, citing that it contributes to an increase in cases of murder, assault, robbery and sexual crime.

Ten people were arrested in the shebeen operations, with 366 000F alcohol confiscated. The person arrested for the possession of the alcohol will be charged with contravening the Liquor Act.

“During stop-and-searches ten firearms were confiscated and seven people arrested for the illegal possession of these firearms across the cluster.

“Mamela commends the police and other law enforcement agencies for their effort in ensuring the safety of all communities. He further expresses his appreciation for all volunteers, reservists, neighbourhood watch members, street committee members and community policing forum members for fostering strong partnership with the police in ensuring all people are and feel safe,” Bennett says.

V Anyone with information on crime can call Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.

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