Drugs, ammunition, drug paraphernalia, abduction and assault.
This was the scene that unfolded at a Selica Walk home following a tip-off from local residents.
Capt Lance Goliath, Philippi police spokesperson, says officers conducted an integrated operation with acting station commander Col Jacobus Fredericks, vispol head Lt Col Collin Nathan, operational support commander Capt Collin Rudolph, detective commander Lt Col Gavin Sias and himself along with senior City of Cape Town Law Enforcement inspector Jamie Samuels and his team.
Goliath says they were informed of drug trafficking and use of drugs at the house, and on their visit found three Lentegeur boys aged 16, 17 and 19 who they later discovered had been abducted and brought to the home.
They were allegedly beaten up. The kidnapping case had not yet been reported, but thanks to the assistance from community, arrests could be affected.
On a search of the home, officers found large quantities of dagga, tik, crystal meth lollies, Mandrax, 9mm magazines, live ammunition and a large sum of cash.
Males aged 16, 23 and 24 and women, aged 18, 25 and 34 were arrested. They face charges of abduction, drug possession and possession of unlicenced ammunition.
Police also seized 50 9mm rounds that are registered to a licenced gun owner who resides at the house. The ammunition was found outside a safe. The seven 9mm magazines and other ammunition were not registered to the owner.
“A case of failure to safeguard, and neglect will be brought against the 27-year-old man. The message we want to give to licenced firearm owners is that those who have licences must have full control over their firearms and ammunition,” says Goliath.
Legal proceedings may result in licences being revoked and formal criminal charges being made.
Goliath says calm has been restored to the area as a result of partnership and strengthened visibility.
“We have upped our game through an integrated approach with units such as stock theft and the flying squad, law enforcement agencies and community organisations,” says Goliath.
He says community trust is slowly being restored. “The trust between police and the community is getting better. If we can continue this into the 16 Days of Activism we will be able to achieve a lot,” says Goliath.