Scores arrested during Operation Fiela in Butterworth

JULY 20, 2015

Operation Fiela made a clean sweep in Butterworth starting on Friday in the Skiet Informal Settlement, which is very close to the CBD of Butterworth, and continued to the neighbouring towns of Dutywa and Centane on Saturday.

"A total of seventeen suspects were arrested in Butterworth, Dutywa and Centane and good support was received from community members who welcomed the SAPS crime prevention actions which are making their communities safer," Eastern Cape police said.

Details of the successes in Butterworth are as follows:

  • 35 year old suspect arrested for dealing in dagga with weight of 7,4kg with a street value of R7 000.
  • 29 year old suspect arrested for dealing in dagga after he was found with dagga to the street value of R500.
  • 19 year old suspect arrested for possession of suspected stolen property, namely TV sets, radios and ammunition.
  • 30 year old suspect arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm.
  • Two suspects, 24 and 25 years old, were arrested for possession of drugs, with a street value of R2 000.
  • 35 year old suspect arrested for possession of suspected stolen property.
  • 21 year old suspect arrested for being in possession of a suspected stolen motor vehicle.
  • 45 year old woman arrested for malicious damage to property, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. This relates to the closing of a shebeen and the confiscation of 28 cases of beer and bottles of brandy.

The operation then rolled over to the neighbouring towns of Dutywa and Centane on 18 July 2015, where the following arrests and confiscations were made:

  • 45 year old suspect arrested for dealing in dagga with weight of 8,8kg with a street value of R9 000.
  • 28 year old suspect arrested for possession of dagga with a street value of R3 000.
  • Four persons were arrested and charged as they did not have permits to be in the country.

"Copper and aluminium were also recovered from both Butterworth and Dutywa squatter camps. Both copper and aluminium were estimated to be valued at R30 000. Three pistols and two hunting rifles were recovered at Dutywa but it was discovered the owners failed to relicense them and the firearms were taken in for safekeeping by SAPS until the owners relicensed them," the police said.

"The owners will face charges for non-compliance with legislation.

"In neighbouring Centane two suspects aged 52 and 68 were arrested for possession of unlicensed fire arms namely hunting rifles."