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2021/10/04      |  Written By:  Captain NP Sitshitshi   |   Province:  Western Cape

Police efforts to root out the proliferation of illegal firearms and drugs in society resulted in remarkable successes.

Two firearms were recovered and five suspects arrested today and last night in Bishop Lavis and Nyanga.

Two suspects aged 23 and 33 were arrested during a tracing operation conducted in the early hours of today at about 01:15 in Stock Road in Kalksteefontein. Members were searching for a suspect and when they recovered a 38 Special Revolver with no serial number, six live rounds and 144 whole mandrax tablets, ten half ones and cash.  All were confiscated and the two suspects who were inside the Wendy house were arrested for the possession of a prohibited firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and dealing in drugs.

Two other suspects aged 19 and 26 were arrested last night in New Rest Informal Settlement in Boystown, Old Crossroads. Members responded to a complaint of malicious damage to property where a boyfriend had allegedly damaged windows of her girlfriend’s house. The members went to address of the suspect and when they knocked at the door he did not want to open but ultimately opened the door.

Police searched the house and recovered the shotgun hidden under the bed. Both men who were inside the house were arrested for the illegal possession of a firearm and the 26-year-old for malicious damage to property..

The five suspects aged between 19 and 33 are expected to appear in Athlone and Bishop Lavis Magistrates’ Court on the mentioned charges.