The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police has arrested 15 suspects for outstanding warrants of arrests, drug-related offences, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. These arrests resulted from midweek operations and crime prevention patrols in Elsies River, Hanover Park, Lotus River, Grassy Park and Macassar.
On Wednesday night, Western Cape MEC for Safety and Security, Dan Plato, and City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, accompanied members of the Metro Police’s Specialised Units, including the Gang Unit, on an execution of warrants operation. Four suspects were arrested for charges such as possession of dagga, tik and rounds of ammunition.
In Avonwood, Elsies River, officers acted on a tip off and arrested a 14 year old girl for possession of dagga during a drug raid on a flat in the area.
During the same operation, three suspects were arrested for possession of 15 packets of tik and 42 live 9mm rounds of ammunition in Hanover Park.
In a joint operation with members of the South African Police Services (SAPS), high visibility patrols were conducted and seven warrants of arrest were executed in the Macassar area. Stop and search patrols were also conducted near the N2 highway. Metro Police arrested five suspects between the ages of 21 and 29 for a range of charges including trading and illegal hawking, housebreaking, possession of illegal narcotics, and two more on charges of violation of a protection order.
On Tuesday, 12 June, crime prevention patrols were conducted in the Grassy Park area during which two female suspects were arrested at Keppel Court in 6th Avenue for possession of 18 packets of tik.
During the same patrols three more suspects were arrested for possession of a plastic bank bag of dagga, 22 dagga “stoppe” and one packet of tik.
Says Deputy Metro Police Chief, Yolanda Faro, “Members continued with patrols in the Grassy Park area where a suspect was arrested for possession of an unlicensed 9mm Tauruz Z88 firearm with fourteen 9mm rounds of ammunition and an extra magazine. The firearm was booked in at Grassy Park SAPS and will be sent for ballistic tests to determine whether it is linked to other crimes.”