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Suspects arrested with drugs valued at R4 million; more suspects arrested with drugs and firearms


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Western Cape

WESTERN CAPE - Our endeavours to break the back of the lucrative drug trade in this province led to the discovery of drugs valued at R4 million and the arrest of three suspects during the early hours of this morning.  Members attached to Public Order Policing reacted on a tipoff that a vehicle was scheduled to make a drug delivery in Elsies River and conducted a vehicle checkpoint in the area. The vehicle in question, a Toyota Etios was stopped and searched which resulted in the arrest of three male suspects aged between 32 and 41 for having 35160 mandrax tablets and 4.3 kg of tik in their possession.

In Kleinvlei members of the same unit arrested a 34-year-old man for being in possession of 30 mandrax tablets after they also reacted on a tipoff last night. 

In an unrelated operation members of the Provincial Integrated Team arrested a 37-year-old female in Bontebok Street Scottsdene Kraaifontein last night at 22:45 for being in possession of a prohibited 9mm pistol and ammunition as well as 4,14g of tik and 66.38g of mandrax. From there the members proceeded to Eerste Avenue Kraaifontein where a 52-year-old man was arrested for the possession of 84 mandrax tablets and R1100-00 cash believed to be the proceeds of crime.

In Lingelethu West members attached to the Crime Prevention Unit on patrol spotted a white BMW late last night and stopped the vehicle for an inspection. The vigilance of the members were rewarded with the discovery of three prohibited firearms. All six occupants of the vehicle aged in their twenties were arrested for the possession of these firearms.

In Manenberg SAPS and Law Enforcement officers joined forces last night in an integrated operation and arrested 18 suspects aged between 18 and 51 for the possession of a variety of drugs and for being wanted on serious crimes.   

The suspects are all due to make their respective court appearances on Monday to face the charges against them.

SAPS management in the province is extremely pleased with the outcome of the crime combatting initiatives and commended the various units for their selfless efforts to create a safer environment for the people of the Western Cape.


Colonel Andrè Traut


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