Suspects bust with drugs worth R4m in Cape Town

Cape Town police arrested several suspects for possession of drugs and firearms between Friday night and Saturday morning.
Cape Town police arrested several suspects for possession of drugs and firearms between Friday night and Saturday morning.
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Cape Town police have spoilt the weekend for drug dealers.

According  to spokesperson Col Andrè Traut, police bust suspects with drugs worth R4m between Friday night and Saturday morning. Traut said other suspects were arrested for illegal possession of firearms.

“Our endeavours to break the back of the lucrative drug trade in this province led to the discovery of drugs valued at R4m and the arrest of three suspects during the early hours of this morning,” Traut said in a statement on Saturday.  

“Members attached to public order policing reacted on a tip-off that a vehicle was scheduled to make a drug delivery in Elsies River and conducted a vehicle checkpoint in the area.

“The vehicle in question, a Toyota Etios, was stopped and searched which resulted in the arrest of three male suspects aged between 32 and 41 for having 35,160 Mandrax tablets and 4.3kg of tik in their possession.”

Traut said the unit arrested a 34-year-old man for possession of 30 Mandrax tablets on Friday night in Kleinvlei after a tip-off. He said a woman was arrested for possession of a prohibited firearm in Kraaifontein on Friday night.

“In an unrelated operation, members of the provincial integrated team arrested a 37-year-old female in Bontebok Street, Scottsdene, Kraaifontein, last night at 10.45pm for being in possession of a prohibited 9mm pistol and ammunition as well as 4.14g of tik and 66.38g of Mandrax,” he said.

“From there the members proceeded to Eerste Avenue, Kraaifontein, where a 52-year-old man was arrested for possession of 84 Mandrax tablets and R1,100 in cash believed to be the proceeds of crime.

“In Lingelethu West, members attached to the crime prevention unit on patrol spotted a white BMW late last night and stopped the vehicle for an inspection. The vigilance of the members were rewarded with the discovery of three prohibited firearms.

“All six occupants of the vehicle, aged in their 20s, were arrested for the possession of these firearms.”

Traut said a joint operation between police and the Cape Town’s law enforcement unit resulted in more arrests.

“In Manenberg, SAPS and law enforcement officers joined forces last night in an integrated operation and arrested 18 suspects aged between 18 and 51 for the possession of a variety of drugs and for being wanted on serious crimes,” he said.  

“SAPS management in the province is extremely pleased with the outcome of the crime-combating initiatives and commended the various units for their selfless efforts to create a safer environment for the people of the Western Cape.”

The suspects are due in court on Monday.

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