Veggie crop lands man in hot water

Philippi police officers did random searches while busy with a crime prevention operation in Hanover Park on Friday January 6.

A Philippi SAPS raid on a known drug house in Surdown Walk, Hanover Park, led to the arrest of a 34-year-old woman, who had 17 units of heroin hidden inside her vagina.

According to Philippi SAPS spokesperson, Captain Lance Goliath, the woman was searched inside the house by female officers on Friday January 6. The heroin is valued at R850. The arrest forms part of a crime prevention operation, where notorious drug dens and illegal liquor outlets were raided, as well as random stop-and-search operations, led by Philippi station commander, Colonel Dennis Abels.

A 30-year-old man was also arrested for the possession of mandrax, at the same house in Surdown Walk.

In Turfburg Walk, a 24-year-old man was arrested for the possession of dagga. The combined estimated street value of all the drugs confiscated on that day, amounts to R1 500.

When a 29-year-old man was found in possession of a large amount of broccoli and cauliflower, in Turfburg Walk, Hanover Park, police arrested him on suspicion that he was in possession of stolen property.

According to Captain Goliath, the man is a repeat offender as he is believed to be found stealing from farms around the Philippi area on a regular basis.

He further warned that the arm of the law would “come down hard on criminals”, especially those dealing in drugs. “We will continue with our zero tolerance approach towards crime”, he added.

Manenberg SAPS arrested a 31-year-old man for house robbery on Monday January 2. It is alleged that the man, and an accomplice, forced their way in by breaking down the door at a property in Irene Court, Heideveld. They allegedly held two people at knifepoint and robbed them of their cellphones.

“The suspects fled the scene on foot. Manenberg SAPS detectives arrived on the scene and followed up leads, which lead to the arrest of the 31-year- old man, identified by the complainant. The other suspect is yet to be arrested,” Captain Ian Bennett, Manenberg SAPS spokesperson, said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Manenberg SAPS at 021 699 9400 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.