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#OperationLockdown: 20 suspects busted for various crimes in PE's Northern Areas last week

APRIL 11, 2016
#OperationLockdown: 20 suspects busted for various crimes in PE's Northern Areas last week

Since the start of Operation Lockdown in March 2016, the various intervention teams deployed to Port Elizabeth's troubled Northern Areas - in Bethelsdorp and Gelvandale, are achieving significant successes.

"Suspects arrested on a daily basis for serious crimes are detained and brought before a court of law, said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"Illegal firearms, ammunition and drugs are also confiscated on a daily basis and positive responses are received from both communities on the efforts of these teams in ‘cleaning up the areas’ of drugs and gang-related crimes."

 The following successes were achieved from 4-11 April 2016 :

 No of Arrests

Type of Crime


Possession of / Dealing in Drugs including dagga, tik, cocaine and mandrax .


Possession of suspected stolen property


Attempted murder





Illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition

Drunken Driving


Some of the Confiscations


Type of Exhibits Seized


rolls  of dagga


Pellet gun


Mandrax tablets


Packets of tik


Tik pipes


Packets of cocaine


gas gun




Substantial amount of cash


Large number of ammunition belonging to various firearms


"During last week, several gang members were arrested  for gang-related crimes," said Colonel Naidu.  

"The multi-disciplinary teams working together on Operation Lockdown are committed to ensuring that criminals that are terrorising the communities of Bethelsdorp and Gelvandale are arrested and brought to book."