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Man arrested at Sydenham drug den with illegal firearm and ammo

Jan 8, 2020
Man arrested at Sydenham drug den with illegal firearm and ammo

Port Elizabeth - SAPS Crime prevention duties resulted in the arrest of a 35-year-old suspect on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and a charge of possession of drugs in the Sydenham area of Port Elizabeth.

"It is alleged that on Tuesday, at approximately 13:10, members from Mount Road Crime Prevention Unit were busy with patrols when they noticed a black VW Caddy parked near a well-known drug post in Esselin Street, Sydenham," described police spokesperson, Capt Sandra Janse Van Rensburg.

"The members stopped to investigate and as they approached the opened passenger door, they noticed that the suspect attempted to hide a firearm.

"Upon further investigation, a .22 Beretta pistol with ammunition was recovered.

She added that the serial number had been filed off.

"One mandrax tablet was also found in the suspect’s possession."

Capt Janse Van Rensburg said that a 35-year-old male was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of fire arm and ammunition and possession of drugs.

"He will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court soon."

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