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2023/01/10      |  Written By:  Captain F van Wyk   |   Province:  Western Cape

WESTERN CAPE: 09 JANUARY 2023 - The abuse and trafficking of illegal drugs is one of the root causes of violent crime in communities in the Western Cape and remain a focus point in our crime combatting efforts. For this mere reason, members attached to Operation Restore Gugulethu are lauded for their efforts to take drugs off the streets.

These members followed up intelligence of an alleged location where drugs are stored in NY 1,Gugulethu. The premises was searched and members found 495 whole/full mandrax tablets,17 halve mandrax tablets,17 sachets dagga and one black plastic bag containing loose dagga, amounting to an estimated street value of R15 000-00.

A 36 year old female was arrested and is detained at Gugulethu SAPS for dealing in drugs, alternatively,  possession of drugs. She is scheduled to appear in the Athlone Magistrates court on Tuesday 10 January 2023.

In an unrelated incident in Lingulethu West, three suspects age between 28 and 38 were arrested for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, one  being a Vector 9 mm parabellum, with no ammunition, one small pistol with five cartridges in a plastic bag. They are due to appear in court once charged.

On 8 January 2023 at 16:30 members of Steenberg police arrested a 27 year old suspect for possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of a prohibited firearm at Parkin Court, Lavender Hill. Members were busy with crime prevention patrols in Lavender Hill when they noticed a suspicious looking man who immediately start running when he spotted them. They jumped out of the vehicle and  gave chase. Members apprehended him at the back of the flats and found in his possession a .38 special revolver with a rubber handle. The serial number of the firearm was removed and the suspect will appear in the Wynberg Magistrates court once charged.