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Police continue with clampdown on drug peddlers in Uitenhage

Apr 20, 2018
Police continue with clampdown on drug peddlers in Uitenhage

Police in the Uitenhage Cluster continued with efforts to address the root causes of crime and in line with the SAPS' Back to Basics approach of targeted and informed deployment of resources.

"Members from SAPS Kamesh followed up on information, on Thursday, which led to the arrest of a 34-year-old male suspect," said police spokesperson, Capt Gerda Swart.

"The suspect was arrested during an intelligence-driven operation conducted on Thursday at about 11:45 in Cedar Street, Gamble, Uitenhage.

"The suspect will face charges of illegal possession of drugs, after 69 mandrax tablets, four packets of tik and cash, with a total value of R6 104-00 was found in his possession."

Capt Swart said that operations continued towards Cannon Street and Mooimeisie Street, Rosedale, where two premises were searched and five mandrax tablets and 46 'bompies' dagga were seized.

"Unfortunately, no arrests were executed as property was only found," she added.

The 34-year-old male suspect is due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court soon.    

Capt Swart said that police visibility will be enhanced in the Uitenhage Cluster and SAPS members will conduct random stop-and-search and intelligence-driven operations to effectively deal with crime generators to ensure that our communities are rid of illegal substances.

The acting Uitenhage Cluster Commander, Brigadier Ronald Koll, said: “We will continue with our actions to clamp down on drug outlets in the Uitenhage Cluster, as several serious cases stems from these drug posts”.

Police are calling upon the community to work with the SAPS in reducing crime and they appeal to the community to provide valuable information that will lead to the arrest of suspects involved in crime.

"Let us share information and support each other in the fight against crime. Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211."

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