Police clamp down on illegal sellers of schedule 5 medicine

2017-08-03 06:01

Efforts to fight against the proliferation of illegal firearms and the continuous eradication and clamping down on the illegal selling of schedule five medicine in the Uitenhage Cluster is attributed to police visibility and good informer networks.

Last week on Wednesday, members from the Uitenhage Operational Command Centre, received valuable information and after obtaining a search warrant they arrested a 26-year-old male suspect for the illegal dealing in schedule five medicine at a residence in Skimmer Street, Rosedale.

Police confiscated 6 693 Stilpane tablets and R6 000 in cash and handed them in as exhibits. The suspect was arrested and appeared in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court last Friday.

According to police spokesperson Captain Gerda Swart, members from the Uitenhage Operational Command Centre followed up on further information and arrested 4 suspects in a house in Nhanhanha Street, Kwanobuhle, after an unlicensed firearm with ammunition was found in their possession. One Norinco 9mm pistol with ammunition was seized.

“The four suspects, who are between the ages of 18 and 20 years were detained and appeared in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court last Friday on charges ranging from the illegal possession of a firearm to the illegal possession of ammunition,” said Swart.

The deputy Cluster Commander of Uitenhage and overall commander of the Operational Command Centre, Brigadier Ronald Koll has applauded the members for their swift action and the arrest of the suspects.

Brig Koll also commended the community for working with the SAPS by providing valuable information that led to the arrest and recovery of the illegal firearm and medicine.


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