Cross-border anti-crime operation in Western, Northern and Eastern Cape Provinces yields successes

OCTOBER 5, 2015

Two suspects, a woman aged 19 and a 27 year-old man, are facing firearm and ammunition charges after they were bust with an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, which have since been linked to a house breaking which was reported in Jeffreys Bay in September.

The duo were arrested following a tip-off during a joint Tri-Lateral Inter-Provincial Cross Border Operation in three provinces -the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape.

This was an intelligent driven operation which kick-started last Monday and ended on Saturday. The focus of the operation was to clamp down on criminal activities across Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape.

During the operation static road blocks were held on national roads including secondary routes to search for transportation of illegal goods, including drugs, fire-arms, and undocumented persons across these provinces.

In the Eastern Cape, police also confiscated Mandrax tablets and dagga to value of about R8 082.

In the Northern Cape, police arrested two men, a 21-and a 26-year-old respectively after they found them in possession of 33 bags of dagga to an estimated street value of R772 500, loaded in the back of the bakkie. The arrest came after police received information about a white bakkie which will be travelling on N8 from Bloemfontein to Galeshewe, Dingaan Hostel. 

A stakeout was arranged and the vehicle was searched and dagga weighing 154.5kg was confiscated. The operation was conducted with Kimberley Crime Intelligence and the Flying Squad.

Another suspect appeared before the Victoria West Magistrate’s Court for possession of 252 Mandrax tablets estimated to be worth about R15 000.

More than 10 undocumented persons were arrested.

In the Western Cape a man in his early 30’s was arrested at a static roadblock near Plettenberg Bay. He was found in possession of MDMA Ecstasy (Liquid drops) to the estimated value of about R36 000.

More than R1 Million worth of counterfeit goods were confiscated during operations across the three provinces. Furthermore, the stock theft unit recovered more than 60 stray sheep during the rural safety operation in the Western Cape.

The suspects will appear before various Magistrates’ Courts across the three Provinces.