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2021/01/06      |  Written By:  Colonel P Naidu   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth:  Safer Festive Season operations are in earnest  in Nelson Mandela Bay metro as police  clamp down hard and fast on criminals across the metro.

Today, 5/01 police arrested four suspects, recovered two firearms, ammunition and drugs in separate incidents.

At about 11:30, PE Flying Squad members followed up information of a person in possession of a firearm in  Algoa Park. When  the suspect saw the approaching police vehicle,  he started running and while fleeing, a firearm fell onto the ground. The suspect  was apprehended and a revolver with 5 rounds of ammunition was recovered. Ownership of the firearm is yet to be determined. He was arrested on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

At about 12:17, Anti-Gang Unit members  followed up on information received of possible firearms and ammunition at a shop  in Embizweni Square in Mendi Road in New Brighton. No firearms were found at the mentioned shop however on searching the 34-year-old owner,  a box  containing 14 rounds of ammunition was found in his possession. He was arrested and detained on a charge of illegal possession of ammunition.

At about 13:00 this afternoon, AGU members infiltrated a known drug post in Acacia Road in Rosedale. While conducting a search of the premises, a 21-year-old male was seen  tossing something into  the next yard. On investigation, a  .38 Special black and brown revolver  and ammunition was confiscated. The serial number had been filed off. The suspect, a gang member was arrested and detained on a charge of possession of a prohibited firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

A 19-year-old teenager was also arrested at the same premises for possession of drugs.  Twenty one packets of tik and 70 mandrax tablets were seized. The estimated street value of the drugs is R5 000.

The confiscated firearms will be sent to ballistics for testing.

The arrested suspects will appear in the respective courts soon.

Acting Mount Road Cluster Commander, Brig Thandiswa Kupiso lauded the members for their persistence and the recovery of the firearms and drugs. ‘ There is a nexus  between gang activity, illegal drugs and firearms therefore  in order to ensure  a safer  and drug free society, continuous proactive measures must be enforced to combat this problem. We appeal to the communities to work with the police and to report any suspected illegal activity or criminals,’ added Brig Kupiso.