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Drug suspects drive straight into trouble<p>​</p><p>The drug busts were among numerous successes by the department that resulted in 53 arrests – 24 for driving under the influence of alcohol and 29 for various other charges like drug possession, malicious damage to property and assault.</p><p>On Wednesday, 12 February 2020, the K9 Unit conducted a vehicle control point in Bellville, when officers noticed the driver of a Peugeot hatchback trying to make an illegal U-turn. They pulled him over and noticed that the driver seemed nervous. During a search of the vehicle, officers found 111 grams of tik. As the driver provided false information, officers accompanied him to his residence. There they found tik weighing 1,5kgs. The 37-year-old suspect was then detained at Bellville SAPS. </p><p>On the same day, officers attached to the Metro Police Camera Response Unit (CRU) spotted a light delivery vehicle disobeying a red traffic light. They followed up and stopped the driver, and during a search of the vehicle, found four bags of dagga weighing 2,6kgs. Two suspects aged 36 and 40 were arrested and detained at Goodwood SAPS.</p><p>On Sunday, 16 February 2020, the K9 Unit was on patrol in Parow, when officers were tipped off about drug activity at a flat in the area. They were granted permission to search the premises and found two buckets filled with a white chemical used to produce drugs, eight bags of tik, 16 bankies of tik in the dustbin and two scales. A 35-year-old suspect who was caught with a packet of tik in hand was arrested and detained at Parow SAPS.</p><p>‘These successes are indicative of the problems with the drug trade in our city. And, for every arrest and confiscation, there are many others who go undetected and continue to ply their trade in our most vulnerable communities. However, if it were not for the enforcement efforts of our staff, these cases and the drug activity would never be detected. Where arrests are made, one hopes that the investigators are working the suspects for information about suppliers and networks and building cases against them. Arresting and re-arresting the minor players time and again will get us nowhere, and if we are serious about clamping down on the drug trade, it will need to lead to convictions of people involved at the top’ said the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>On the roads, the Cape Town Traffic Service made 66 arrests, impounded 76 vehicles and issued 2 984 fines in the last week.</p><p>On Saturday, 15 February 2020, officers made 15 arrests during a drag racing operation in the Athlone/Ottery/Manenberg areas – 12 for driving under the influence and three for reckless and negligent driving.</p><p>Operations in Khayelitsha and Fish Hoek on Sunday, 16 February saw a total of 36 arrests, while five more motorists were arrested during a drag racing operation in Ottery and Bellville.</p><p>Law Enforcement officers made nine arrests for possession of stolen property, drugs and ammunition. They also made further arrests in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act. </p><p>In addition, they issued 2 353 fines for various by-law transgressions. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2020-02-16T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#377804c6-9c66-48b2-b50c-b2582824f5a2;L0|#0377804c6-9c66-48b2-b50c-b2582824f5a2|Drugs;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#2f8ed9a7-d721-42b4-b2dc-69a3e7d5bb11;L0|#02f8ed9a7-d721-42b4-b2dc-69a3e7d5bb11|road blocks;GPP|#1590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f63;GP0|#78273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255;L0|#078273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255|Metro police1

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