Local station commander takes action

2018-06-26 06:00
The Mandrax tablets seized by Woodstock police in an early morning operation.

The Mandrax tablets seized by Woodstock police in an early morning operation.

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Woodstock police executed successful crime prevention initiatives this past week, under the guidance of Colonel Dumezweni Ntsezo, the station commander.

Actions included blue light patrols, stop-and-searches, search-and-seizures, VCPS and liquor compliance.

A 53-year-old man was arrested on the corner of Woodlands and Victoria roads for possession of 160 Mandrax tablets while another man (25) also faces charges of possession of drugs after he was arrested in Victoria Road during concentrated stop-and-search patrols.

“With a high concentration on liquor control, we visited various licensed liquor outlets in the precinct, with the assistance of Law Enforcement Liquor Control, and issued a couple of compliance notices and issued spot fines for loud and excessive music/noise,” says police spokesperson, Sergeant Hilton Malila.

The team also enforced the law on compliance and ensured that all licensed outlets closed on time and that patrons were safe. During the time of the operation no serious or violent crimes were reported. Ntsezo praised the team for their hard work.

Saturday’s successful operation comes on the back of another victorious effort from Woodstock police.

Ably assisted by various Law Enforcement agencies, police arrested 50 suspects for various serious and less serious crimes in the early hours of Friday 22 June.

Malila says the team executed a legally authorised cordon-off and search warrant in Railway Street near the Mascani informal settlement at about 04:30.

“During the execution by the multidisciplinary forces we managed to arrest 50 suspects (21 women and 39 men) for trespassing illegally on Prasa property, two suspects for being in possession of burned copper cables with an estimated weight of around 60 kg, a plastic bank bag containing tik, one Dell laptop and various sets of equipment used in the abuse of drugs,” says Malila.

A preliminary investigation determined that one of the suspects was wanted on a warrant of arrest for an outstanding 2017 case.

The operation was conducted after community and businesses in the closest perimeters of the Mascani informal settlement lodged various complaints about antisocial behaviour, drug abuse, drug peddling, prostitution, robberies and business break-ins.

All the suspects were due to appear in the Cape Town’s Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Ntsezo lauded the officers “who unconditionally sacrificed to come out in the brazen cold weather, to maintain and restore law and order in the crime-affected area”.

High-density concentrated operations will continue to ensure the safety and security of all Woodstock residents and visitors.

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