Since last Wednesday, police arrested at least 10 people on charges relating to the possession of illegal drugs and firearms as well as house robbery.
On Saturday August 18 Metro police officers arrested seven suspects aged between 19 and 34 for the possession of drugs after they raided three known drug houses in Manenberg as part of their crime prevention patrols.
During the searches, police found 28 packets of tik, 82 packets of dagga and 47 dagga stoppe, several whole and half mandrax tablets and a small amount of cash. The suspects were detained at Manenberg police station.
On Friday August 17, a 21-year-old man was arrested after he had allegedly broken into a house in 4th Avenue, Rondebosch East.
Members of Lansdowne SAPS’ crime prevention unit had been patrolling in the area and stopped by a member of the public who said that he had seen a man running towards Imam Haron Road with a gun in his hand.
As police gave chase, the man threw the firearm on top of the garage roof in Opal Road in Rondebosch East. According to Lansdowne police spokesman, Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka, further investigation revealed that the man had broken into the house in 4th Avenue.
He said the complainant explained that as he had pulled out of the driveway, he had been approached by three unknown men of whom one was armed with a firearm and the other two, with knives. He further explained that the three had pushed him inside the house and robbed him of R10 000 then fled with a gold Toyota Yaris.
The suspect who was arrested, was due to appear in Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday August 20. The other two are still at large. Anyone with information can contact Lansdowne detectives on 021 700 9000 or 082 576 2804.
Athlone police arrested a 20-year-old man, believed to be a gang member, on Wednesday August 15, after they were alerted about a well known gang member who was walking with a gun in Statice Road, Kewtown.
The man was found in possession of a 9mm firearm and nine rounds of ammunition. He was arrested and detained at the Athlone police station.
On the same day, Metro police officers arrested a 32-year-old man for the illegal possession of guns, and dagga after they received a tip-off from a resident about illegal activities in Borrie Street, Bonteheuwel.
The officers found 500 “bankies” of dagga, two imitation firearms and an extended Glock magazine. The suspect was arrested and detained at Bishop Lavis police station.