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Police arrest suspects in possession of drugs, and a prohibited firearm and ammunition


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

WESTERN CAPE - The vigilance and swift response from members attached to Operation Restore and Operational Response Service landed suspects behind bars for possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition and possession drugs.

On 29 March 2023 at about 19:00 police members of Operation Restore were deployed in Mitchells Plain to combat crime. While they were busy with stop and search operations in Saturn Street in Rocklands, they spotted five suspicious males who changed direction and fled when they saw the marked police vehicles. The members gave chase and managed to apprehend one male. They searched the suspect and confiscated a black revolver with ammunition. The 32 year old suspect could not give a reasonable explanation of the firearm in his possession and was arrested and detained on a charge of possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition.

At about 19:50 Nyanga police informed members of Operation Restore deployed in Nyanga about a charcoal Ford Eco Sport reported hijacked earlier. They immediately started searching for the vehicle and found the vehicle abandoned in Nkululeko Street in Crossroads. No one was found close to the vehicle and, enquiries were made in the vicinity but nobody saw who parked the vehicle at the spot where it was found. The vehicle was then seized and was taken to a safeguarding camp.

In an unrelated matter on Wednesday, 29 March 2023 at about 09:30 members attached to Operational Response Service received information about a certain house in Mfuleni where drugs are sold. They immediately operationalised the information, went to the premises and search the house. The members found drugs in possession of a 38 year old suspect, who was detained on a charge of possession of drugs. He is due to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrates court on charges of possession of drugs soon.


Captain Frederick van Wyk
082 302 9906


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