‘Drunk drivers’, ‘drug dealers’ detained

2016-02-09 06:00
Philippi police made 101 arrests over the past week through an integrated crime prevention approach. Arrests included that relating to driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of drugs as well as the illegal possession of a firearm.

Philippi police made 101 arrests over the past week through an integrated crime prevention approach. Arrests included that relating to driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of drugs as well as the illegal possession of a firearm.

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For the past week police took to the streets in the Philippi policing precinct, arresting 101 suspects for various crimes.

On Friday, says Philippi police spokesperson Lieutenant Lance Goliath, a roadblock was held on the corner of Weltevrede and Varkensvlei roads. 28 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

“Many road collisions occur as a result of drivers driving their cars whilst intoxicated. These arrests serve also as a stern warning to those who make themselves guilty of such a crime,” Goliath says.

The suspects have appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Saturday evening police also made a dent in the drug industry when they arrested a 25-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman in Lansport Road, Hanover Park for dealing in drugs.

“The arrests came about as the two suspects were caught and found to be in possession of a large quantity of tik and mandrax. The estimated street value of the drugs is R17 000,” Goliath says.

The same evening, at a house in Johndown Walk, a 32-year-old man was arrested for dealing in drugs.

Drugs confiscated there have an estimated street value of R2100.

“In total 39 suspects were arrested the past week for dealing in and possession of drugs and all have subsequently appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to dealing and possession of drugs,” Goliath says.

On Sunday evening a 33-year-old man was arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

“A tip-off from the community led police to Buall Walk, Hanover Park where they caught the suspect and found a 7.65 Kurz pistol and ammunition in his possession.

“The serial number of the pistol had been filed off,” he says.

The suspect will soon appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Goliath says crime prevention operations were held using an integrated approach, which included getting reinforcements from the flying squad, Operation Combat, the crime prevention unit, the crime investigation department, City law enforcement, traffic and metro police.

V Anyone with information on crime can call the police on 021 695 1500 or CrimeStop on 0860 010 111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.

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