Police lock down crime hotspots

2018-01-16 06:00
Homes in Hanover Park were searched for illegal drugs and firearms.

Homes in Hanover Park were searched for illegal drugs and firearms.

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Residents of Hanover Park were greeted with high police presence last week after swift action on crime intelligence led police to lock down identified crime hotspots in the area.

Houses in Derwent Lane, Lansur Road, Hanover Park Avenue and Lonedown Road were cordoned off and searches were conducted for firearms and illegal substances, as well as repeat offenders for whom warrants of arrest had been issued.

The crime prevention operation led by Hanover Park and Philippi police resulted in seven repeat offenders being brought to book on outstanding warrants of arrest for various cases dating back as far as 2008.

A total of 51 suspects were arrested for various crimes, of which 15 suspects were arrested on cases relating to the possession of and dealing in illegal drugs.

The drugs confiscated included tik, heroin, mandrax and dagga with an estimated street value of R5000.

A total of 162 houses were searched for drugs.

Police also clamped down on illegal liquor outlets and arrested one suspect on liquor-related charges. A total of 135 litres of liquor was confiscated.

Four suspects were arrested for crimes against women and children.

Police also clamped down on a business in Govan Mbeki Drive for failing to comply with the Act on Trading in Second-hand Goods.

Violators of the Road Traffic Act were also tracked down, with fines amounting to R6500 being issued during the operation.

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