More than 3 300 vehicles and 5 454 people were searched. Fines amounting to approximately R300 588 were issued for different offences
A TOTAL of 165 suspects have been arrested during interprovincial police operations conducted in the Northern, Eastern and Western Cape.
During the three-day long cross-border operation, police arrested 165 suspects for various crimes, including dealing and possession of drugs, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition, dealing in liquor, fraud and undocumented persons.
More than 3 300 vehicles and 5 454 people were searched. Fines amounting to approximately R300 588 were issued for different offences.
Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi, said yesterday that the festive season was usually characterised by extensive movement of people across the country and it was for this reason that the police in the three provinces held the operation to address crimes that cross-cut into the three provinces.
“Resources such as personnel, vehicles and different types of equipment from the three provinces were put to use into this operation to help deal with these prevalent crimes affecting these provinces,” Mooi said.
She added that the highlight of the operation was the discovery of an undisclosed but “huge amount” of cash from a Russian national at a roadblock in Colesberg.
“The suspect was handed over to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) for further investigation,” Mooi said.
Police also recovered an abandoned vehicle which was reported stolen in Gauteng and upon searching the vehicle, police discovered 29 cellphone tower batteries with an estimated street value of R64 000.
Two firearms and 14 rounds of live ammunition were also recovered from two suspects in the Northern Cape and Eastern Cape.
“Upon circulating the firearm recovered in the Eastern Cape, it was discovered that it belongs to someone in the Western Cape whose house was broken into and the firearm was amongst property that was stolen. The suspect furnished the police with the details of the person who sold the firearm to him and that suspect has now been positively linked to the Western Cape housebreaking case,” Mooi said
Drugs, including dagga weighing more than 93 kilograms, 100 tablets of mandrax and 16 bundles of khat, were seized in the three provinces, while various bank cards and ID cards were also confiscated.
The three-day long multidisciplinary operation also saw 497 premises and 53 farms visited by police and a total of 50 operations resulting in arrests and seizures.
Some of the suspects arrested during this operation have already made their first appearance in court today while some will be appearing next week in the three respective provinces.
Meanwhile, the Heuningvlei police have arrested three men in connection with a recent business robbery.
“On Sunday, December 3, at about 2.15pm, three men entered a shop and allegedly threatened the owner with a knife. The suspects threw sand in the victim’s eyes, assaulted him and tied his hands and feet. The suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of money, airtime vouchers, cigarettes and cellphones. The suspects were arrested hours later and all the mentioned goods were recovered. The suspects are between the ages of 20 and 22 years old and should be appearing in the Mothibistad Magistrate’s Court soon,” the police said.
The John Taolo Gaetsewe Cluster Commander, Major-General Johan Bean, commended the police members for the arrests and speedy recovery of the goods.