Successful weekend operations to root out crime in the Western Cape

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Law enforcement activities – to rid the streets of drugs and guns – in the Western Cape commenced successfully this weekend.

Various operations in the province delivered excellent results in helping SAPS achieve their mission to root out crime. Police were able to recover an assortment of drugs, two hijacked vehicles, illegal firearms and ammunition.

According to Colonel Andre Traut, members of the Provincial Integrated Team in Crossroads responded to a tip-off about a 38-year-old suspect in the area. The man was arrested and caught in possession of an unlicensed 9mm firearm when SAPS searched his residence.

Similarly, a 53-year-old suspect was found in possession of three unlicensed firearms, a shotgun, a .303 rifle and a .22 rifle. 91 rounds of ammunition were also confiscated.

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Traut stated that the flying squad members arrested six suspects, aged between 26 and 36, in Manenberg. The suspects were found to be in possession of two unlicensed firearms, a 9mm pistol and .22 pistol.

The same team, together with the Commercial Crime Unit, traced wanted suspects which led to the arrest of two suspects. The suspects were sought for fraud and money laundering in Brackenfell. A man (49) and woman (44) were arrested in Goodwood. The team were able to recover various electronic devices and financial documents were also seized. 

“In Brackenfell members of Public Order Policing were tipped of about a drug deal at a residence in Verdot Street. They responded and arrested a 29-year-old man who is detained for the possession of mandrax,” Traut explained in the statement.

The vehicle checkpoints and random searches resulted in the recovery of two hijacked vehicles – a Chevrolet and Hyuandi – in Delft and Nyanga. Both suspects were arrested.

Colonel Andre Traut concluded that detectives would investigate the circumstances surrounding these arrests to ensure that the suspects are brought before the court on Monday, 8 February 2021.