Operation Fiela hits again

2016-01-26 06:00
 Officers from several different departments joined police once again for an operation targeting organised crime, gangs and firearms. This image was taken at a previous operation.  PHOTO: Samantha lee (File)

Officers from several different departments joined police once again for an operation targeting organised crime, gangs and firearms. This image was taken at a previous operation. PHOTO: Samantha lee (File)

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While you were sleeping, police operations have been underway.

Police in the Mitchell’s Plain area say they are determined to see a reduction in crime this year.

Last week, two operations were conducted under the auspices of Operation Fiela, the joint venture by provincial and national police management. On Friday a second operation was held from 03:00 to 11:00.

A police spokesperson, Lieutenant Ian Williams, says the special operation focused on firearms, drugs, gangs and tracing wanted suspects.

“During the operation 32 premises, 17 vehicles and 231 persons were searched.

“Twelve suspects were arrested for separate cases of possession of dagga and mandrax. Seven wanted suspects were arrested for offences ranging from possession of drugs, assault and domestic violence,” says Williams. Mandrax tablets and dagga were confiscated.

Abie Isaacs, chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum, says they are pleased with the results of the operations.

“However, we call for a continuation of operations in the precinct. We do not want this once off but rather at random, four or five times a month,” says Isaacs.

“The operations are taking a disruptive approach and residents should stop running to social media to complain. Rather work with the agencies.”

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