Vigilant members attached to Grassy Park police crime prevention unit (CPU) arrested a 26-year-old man in possession of compressed cannabis worth R15 000 on Monday 21 October.
“At about 18:40 officers observed a silver Mercedez, speeding away as the driver observed the marked police vehicle on Acacia Road, Parkwood,” said Grassy Park police spokesperson, Capt Wynita Kleinsmith.
Kleinsmith said officers gave chase and in Cynthia Road, the suspect driver threw out a carrier bag as he jumped out of the vehicle and ran to hide in someone’s yard.
Police outsmarted the suspect by pretending to drive away, offering a chance for him to slip away.
One officer stayed behind to keep watch, as a scout for the suspect’s return to the scene, she said.
“A few minutes later the driver of the vehicle returned to the car and with his bag, got in the vehicle and drove off,” Kleinsmith continued.
Kleinsmith said the suspect was then pulled over in Klip Road, where the vehicle was searched. Police discovered alleged higher grade compressed cannabis, estimated to the street value of R15 000, in his bag.
“The suspect from Grassy Park was arrested on charges of dealing, alternatively possession of dagga,” said Kleinsmith.
He will appear in the Wynberg magistrate’s court on related charges once charged.”
Kleinsmith added that the Grassy Park police will maintain a zero-tolerance approach against criminals, and will focus on the crimes heavily dependent on police action and presence.
“In order to alleviate such crime, it is best to remove the criminals from the community and bring them to book,” Kleinsmith said.
“The station commander, Col Dawood Laing thanked the officers for their sterling arrest and further urge the community to work with the police in creating a safer precinct.”
According to Kleinsmith, the system allows any adult member of the community to become proactively involved in the prevention of crime.