Anti-crime blitz sees drug hauls and arrests

Three Eastern Cape initiates have been shot dead.
Three Eastern Cape initiates have been shot dead.
André Damons

A crime intelligence-driven operation conducted by Lwandle police on Thursday 7 January yielded positive results when two men were caught with drugs in their possession.

In the first incident, a 41-year-old suspect was arrested at his home in Asanda Village with drugs after the men and women in blue had secured a search warrant.

Sgt Mthokozisi Gama, Lwandle police spokesperson, said they tactically approached the suspect’s house and on arrival they requested to search him.

He said: “Police found 23 small plastic bags containing tik and 31 quarters of Mandrax wrapped in foil and four half-Mandrax wrapped in foil and one Mandrax tablet wrapped in foil.”

In a separate incident, Gama said a 50-year-old suspect was also bust at his home situated at Ethembeni informal settlement after he was found with two quarter-Mandrax tablets wrapped in foil and five see-through bags containing dagga in his pocket.

He related: “On searching the house, police found 236 stops of dagga wrapped in a telephone paper estimated weight of 126 grams and 63 small see through plastic bags containing dagga.

Both suspects were then arrested and charged for possession of Mandrax and tik.”

The suspects appeared on Monday 8 January at Strand Magistrates’ Court and were released on bail.

They will appear at the same court on Monday 15 March.

*In yet another separate incident, Lwandle police, on Monday 11 January, around 23:50, opened an inquest docket following the death of a 19-year-old man killed by fire at Robben Island informal settlement in Nomzamo.

It is alleged the fire started just after 23:45 on Sunday 10 January in one of the shacks.

Gama said community members attempted to save the shack but the fire was out of control and had already engulfed the shack.

He said firefighters were called to the scene to extinguish the blaze and one body was found burnt inside the shack.

Gama said the cause of fire at this stage was unknown, no foul play was suspected and an inquest docket had been opened.

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