Police have joy in festive season searches

One of the firearms confiscated during the police’s festive season operations.
One of the firearms confiscated during the police’s festive season operations.
It was a good start to the festive season for police throughout the Mitchell’s Plain policing cluster when they started their holiday cheer with more than 600 arrests.
Starting on Sunday 13 December officers in the cluster – comprising Lansdowne, Mitchell’s Plain, Strandfontein, Steenberg, Grassy Park, Lentegeur and Athlone police stations – arrested 648 suspects for crimes including the possession of illegal firearms, ammunition and drugs.
During the week leading up to 20 December, police confiscated six firearms and various amounts of ammunition, and had some good arrests for drugs.
Seven tracing operations were also conducted in the cluster that led to the arrest of the suspects.
A total of 112 houses were searched for drugs, during which 248 suspects were arrested.
Drugs confiscated include 179 heroin units, 365 packets of tik, 189 mandrax tablets and 1kg dagga.
From Friday 18 to Friday 25 December, police arrested a further 240 suspects during crime prevention operations.
In another combined police operation held in the early hours of the Thursday morning, police made several arrests and confiscations in Mitchell’s Plain.
Focusing on guns, drugs, gangs and tracing wanted suspects, the operation forms part of Operation Fiyela and was focused on Tafelsig and Beacon Valley.
At 05:35 the members carried out a search warrant at a house in Cricket Street, Beacon Valley.
They recovered a CZ 75 Luger 9mm pistol with a magazine and 23 rounds of ammunition.
A 35-year-old man was arrested on charges relating to the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
In another search, at about 06:50, at a house in Dolomites Crescent, Tafelsig officers confiscated a Z88 9mm pistol with a magazine and four rounds of ammunition.
A 53-year-old woman was arrested.
Other successes of the operation include the searching of 30 premises, 102 vehicles and 142 persons.
Four vehicle checkpoints were held. Traffic fines to the value of R15 000 were issued.
An additional 16 suspects were arrested in separate cases of possession of dagga, mandrax, unlicensed firearms and ammunition and murder.
A total of 94 tik packets, one tik lolly, one mandrax tablet and 41 stoppe dagga were confiscated.

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