Metro Police arrest 51 suspects during weekend operations

City of Cape Town Metro Police officers, in conjunction with the South African Police Services, arrested a total of 51 suspects during various roadblocks and operations held in Table View, Milnerton, Atlantis, Gordon's Bay, Kraaifontein and Muizenberg this weekend.

A total of 45 motorists were arrested at roadblocks held this weekend. Three motorists were arrested in Parow on Friday for driving under the influence of alcohol. On Saturday, officers arrested 23 motorists at a roadblock held in Gordon's Bay and another six persons at a roadblock in Cape Town. On Sunday,13 motorists were arrested at a roadblock in Muizenberg, also on drunk driving charges.

Officers issued 60 traffic fines and recorded one by-law offence in the Muizenberg area this weekend, as well as 322 traffic fines and 85 by-law offences in the Delft and Kuils River areas, which amounts to a total of 382 traffic fines and 86 by-law offences being recorded over the weekend.

On Friday evening, the Metro Police joined forces with members of Kraaifontein South African Police Services to execute search warrants at four suspected drug houses in Kraaifontein. One suspect was arrested for possession of TIK, whilst two more suspects, aged 20 and 22, were arrested for possession of ammunition and the possession of suspected stolen goods respectively. One person was also arrested for contravening the City's Public Nuisance By-law. The officers also found and confiscated two laptops, one 9mm Norinco firearm and two magazines with rounds of ammunition.

Earlier on the same day, officers executed ten search warrants at various suspected drug dens in Atlantis and Table View. The operations led to the arrest of one suspect for possession of dagga, as officers found 35 stoppe dagga in the person's possession. Officers also found 14 bankies dagga, with a value of R1400, abandoned in the Table View area and confiscated the goods.

On Sunday morning the Metro Police's Dog Unit arrested one suspect in Kalkfontein, Kuils River, for possession of dagga and TIK, after receiving a tip off from the community of alleged drug dealing in the area. The officers executed a search warrant in the early hours of the morning and raided the house, where they found and confiscated 11 packets of TIK, two dagga stoppe, nine TIK lollies and R122.50 in cash.

"Our continued focus on drunk driving and illegal narcotics is paying off. Our officers will maintain high visibility patrols and will also continue to conduct regular roadblocks and execute search warrants at suspected drug dens," said Metro Police Deputy Chief, Yolanda Faro.

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Issued by: Communication Department, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries: Yolanda Faro, Deputy Chief: Metro Police. Tel: 021 427 5124 or Cell: 082 046 2062

Alderman J.P. Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 1311 or Cell: 083 675 3780

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