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2023/06/26      |  Written By:  Captain A Botma   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: 26 June 2023 - In its pursuit for safer communities through execution of various actions, the High Density Operations that took place between Thursday, 22 and Sunday morning, 25 June 2023, resulted in the arrest of suspects for various crimes. A total of 255 suspects were nabbed for offences ranging from murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH), assault common, driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal dealing in liquor, burglaries at residential and business premises, dealing in drugs, carjacking to possession of counterfeit goods. 

In one of the arrests in Vryburg on Thursday morning, 22 June 2023, a man was nabbed at a hair salon at the taxi rank during a crime intelligence driven operation by the Provincial Organised Crime, Vryburg Visible Policing and K9 Unit. That after the team members searched the place and found 65 mandrax tablets. The police proceeded to the suspect's place in Vry Street and found more than 100 gram of crystal meth. The suspect led the police to another address where 38 packets of illegal liquor commonly as "stomp" and 29 sachets of crystal meth were discovered.

In another operation on the same day at around midday, the team conducted a search at a food outlet at the taxi rank and arrested two suspects after illegal liquor was found. One of the two males took the police to a residence in Mckenzie street where 9 x 25 litres and 24 x 200 Millilitres of illegal liquor known as "Alomo" were found.

Both suspects were arrested.  All the arrested suspects are expected to appear soon in the Vryburg Magistrates' Court. 

In Hebron in the Bojanala Platinum Sub-District 1, the local Visible Policing jointly with Tracker SA, operationalised intelligence regarding a suspected stolen vehicle on Friday afternoon, 23 June 2023. The said vehicle; a white Nissan NP 300, which was allegedly stolen earlier this month in Rustenburg, was eventually found abandoned at Midway crossing.  Investigation into the matter including tracing of the suspect is underway. 

During the operations, 3 123 persons and 1 318 vehicles were searched.  In addition, 13 unlicensed liquor premises were closed while 23 second-hand dealers were inspected. The operation also culminated in the confiscations of a car, liquor, cell phones, 96 ammunition, counterfeit goods and a variety of drugs.

The Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena said that provincial management will continue to redirect resources and intensify the operations in hotspots as part of squeezing the space for criminals.