Operation Fiela brings in big haul

2015-12-01 06:00

Several people were arrested in Steenberg on various charges during an execution of Operation Fiela.

The operation was held on Friday 20 November with Steenberg police, metro police, law enforcement and traffic officers.

Warrant Officer John Bartlett, Steenberg police spokesperson, says the operation started with stop and searches in the area with officers operating on foot and in vehicles.

“The officers arrested several people on different charges, which includes drug-related charges, dealing in liquor and road traffic offences,” he says.

Bartlett says arrests were also made for other offences, which include assault, theft, rape, public drunkenness, burglary and domestic violence.

A huge consignment of drugs, cigarettes, cash and liquor was confiscated.

. Meanwhile, on the same day at about 15:15 members of metro police were patrolling in Beethoven Street, Retreat when they observed a suspicious man.

“The man started to run when he saw the police. The officers gave chase and the suspect threw a bag over a fence,” he says.

When officers went to investigate they found a bag containing eight 9mm rounds of live ammunition.

A 19-year-old man was arrested for the possession of the ammunition. He appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Monday last week.

. During a separate incident on Saturday 21 November at about 00:45 law enforcement officers were patrolling in Grindal Avenue in Lavender Hill when they spotted a suspicious man.

“The suspect ran away when he saw the officers and the suspect was chased by the members. The 34-year-old suspect from Lavender Hill pointed a firearm at the officers,” he says.

The officers then pointed their firearms at the suspect who threw his gun down and fled the scene. But he was chased and arrested.

“The suspect was arrested for the possession of an unlicenced firearm and ammunition. The firearm is a Pietro Beretta with a broken grip with no serial number and eleven 9mm rounds of ammunition,” he says.

The suspect appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Monday last week.

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