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Gang affiliate arrested in possession of drugs

Aug 6, 2018
Gang affiliate arrested in possession of drugs

The distribution and sale of drugs are a major contributory factor to gang violence in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth, police said.

"Correct deployment of manpower in the hotspot areas of Bethelsdorp resulted in the arrest of a gang member affiliated to the Goodfellas gang," deascribed police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"According to police information, at about 13:00 on Sunday afternoon, members of the Bethelsdorp Task Team were patrolling in Ext 34 in Bethelsdorp when they saw a person jumping over the wall at a house in Gloxinia Street.

"Members immediately stopped and approached the person who was inside the yard."

He was searched and the following amount of drugs were found in his possession:

  • 2 pkts of tik,
  • 3 mandrax tablets, 
  • 3 half mandrax tablets, and
  • 2 pkts of cocaine.

"The estimated value of the drugs is R545,00," Col Naidu said.

"The 24-year-old suspect will appear in court on Monday on a charge of possession of drugs."

Cluster Commander for Mount Road, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile added that "with our Back to Basics approach to policing we will continue to intensify our presence in these hotspot areas with the aim of uprooting and apprehending those responsible for drug peddling within the community. Drug abuse is the main cause leading to social degeneration of our youth."