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Stolen firearm and ammunition recovered at Humansdorp roadblock

Nov 30, 2017
Stolen firearm and ammunition recovered at Humansdorp roadblock

Efforts to fight the proliferation of illegal firearms in the Humansdorp Cluster paid off on Thursday morning, at about 00:40, when a 32-year-old male was arrested with an unlicensed firearm and several rounds of ammunition. 

"As part of the festive season operations, members from the Humansdorp Cluster was busy conducting a multi-disciplinary roadblock on the N2, close to Storms River, during the early hours of Thursday morning," described police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart.

"During routine stop-and-search procedures the driver and the passenger of a Toyota double-cab was stopped and searched. 

"Members discovered the HP 7.65 caliber pistol, with nine rounds in the possession of the passenger. 

"Through thorough and responsive investigations it was revealed that the firearm was stolen in July 2017, during a residential burglary in Gansbaai."

She said that the 32-year-old suspect was arrested on charges ranging from the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

"The suspect is due to appear in the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court on Friday, on the respective charges.  The firearm will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain whether it was used in the commission of other crimes," Captain Swart added. 

A total of 83 vehicles were stopped and 163 persons were searched so far. Eight traffic related fines to the value of R8 500-00 were issued. 

The South African Police Service will continue with their Back to Basics approach, with the aim to intensify operations in order to ensure the safety of all citizens. 

Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brigadier John Lebok, thanked the members for their efforts and vigilance in ensuring that they bring those culprits who break the law, to book.