Operation Lockdown: Several suspects arrested for drug dealing and a gang shooting

JULY 14, 2016

The SAPS' anti-crime effort in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas, dubbed Operation Lockdown, achieved further successes on Wednesday with several suspects arrested for alleged drug possession and drug dealing as well as murder.

"Eight cases of possession and dealing in drugs were registered during routine stop and searches done by the Intervention Team working in the Gelvandale area," said Port Elizabeth police.

"In one incident, on Wednesday morning, Constable Zayn Matill and his dog 'Zest' searched a house in Highfield Road, Shauderville.

"Immediately after entering the house, the dog ran to a drawer of a dressing table and started scratching it."

When the handler opened the drawer, he found a packet containing smaller parcels of dagga wrapped in newspaper.

The dog also found tik bulbs in a wardrobe.

"A 31 year-old man was arrested and will appear in court on Thursday for dealing in drugs. Seventeen rolls of dagga and 20 tik bulbs were confiscated by police."

Murder suspects arrested

Again on Wednesday, at about 15:00, a 17 year-old youth and two friends were sitting near an open field against a wall near Van Duuren Street, Gelvandale when they were approached by seven males, who opened fire, killing the 17 year-old.

"About 30 minutes after the incident, members of the Visible Gang Intervention Team (VGIT) were patrolling the immediate vicinity looking for the suspects and arrested four suspects in Malabar ext 5," police said.

"The suspects, aged between 22-24 years old, were arrested and detained on a charge of murder. They are expected to appear in court soon."