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Police have expressed gratitude to the public for sharing information which led to arrests in various communities in Cape Town on Monday.

After making the arrests, police spokesperson FC Van Wyk said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for sharing information in order to fight gangsterism, drugs and guns on our streets, and further express sincere gratitude to our members for their commitment in executing the duties with diligence.”

The operations began on Monday morning when a 34-year-old man was arrested in Mitchell’s Plain on charges relating to possession of a prohibited firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Van Wyk said, “On Monday, at about 9:45am, Mitchell’s Plain Crime Prevention Unit members were busy with crime prevention duties when they received information about an illegal firearm at a premises in Megan Street, Tafelsig. When the members searched the premises, they found the suspect in possession of a homemade firearm, two 9mm rounds of ammunition and one spent cartridge. He is expected to appear in the Mitchell’s Plain magistrates’ court.”

In an unrelated incident on Monday, Van Wyk said Table View police acted on information about a person dealing in illegal substances at an address in Parklands.

“This information led to a positive result and police confiscated a drug known as magic mushrooms and an undisclosed amount of cash. A 34-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with dealing in an illegal substance. He will be appearing in the Cape Town magistrates’ court.”

In another incident on Monday, a 36-year-old man was arrested at around 5pm in Azalia Avenue Uitsig, after Crime Prevention Unit members followed up on information about a firearm at the premises, Van Wyk said.

“When the members searched the premises they found the suspect in possession of a Star 9mm pistol with a magazine, dagga and mandrax tablets. The suspect was arrested on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm and drugs, and he will appear in the Goodwood Magistrate Court once charged.”

Anyone with information on criminal activities can contact Crime Stop anonymously at 08600 10111. Additionally, crime tip-offs can be reported by downloading the MySAPS App or call *134*10111# and follow the prompts.

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