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Where there's a whiff, there's a woof to sniff out illegal cigarettes and drugs <p>​‘From the sheer number of fines issued, it's clear there is a continued disregard for the law. Of the 29 665 fines issued, 1 465 were for lockdown violations. While some of these fines may seem for minor transgressions, it all adds up to criminality which keeps the Safety and Security Directorate busy,' said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>Metro Police officers were conducting vehicle searches at an N7 roadblock when they pulled over a vehicle and while interviewing the driver got a strong smell of dagga.</p><p>K9 Savage was brought in and when he reacted positively, officers searched the vehicle and found a leather bag containing 8 packets of Chicago cigarettes and 36 bankies dagga. Two men, aged 20 and 28, were arrested for being in possession of drugs and illicit cigarettes and were detained at Milnerton police station.</p><p>In the early hours of Sunday morning the vigilance of a CCTV operator led to the arrest of two people in possession of suspected stolen property in the Cape Town CBD area.</p><p>The operator noticed two men trying to hide a bicycle underneath a make shift structure on Helen Suzman Boulevard and immediately notified the police of the location. </p><p>While the operator waited for SAPS to arrive, he saw the two men move the bicycle from its hiding place to a Toyota Quantum. The operator followed the Quantum on the cameras and kept police informed of their movement. </p><p>When the police caught up to the vehicle, the occupants could not explain where they got the bicycle and the two men were arrested for being in possession of suspected stolen property. </p><p>In addition, Metro Police Officers issued 819 traffic fines, 348 lockdown related fines, and attended to four protest action complaints in the Khayelitsha and Delft areas during this past week. </p><p>Their arrests include one person for intimidation, a taxi driver for being in contravention of the National Disaster Risk Act, and two for being in possession of drugs.</p><p>Officers with the City's Traffic Service Department arrested five people, impounded two vehicles, recorded 1 117 lockdown violations and issued 2 7381 fines for various other offences (this excludes the fines for lockdown violations).  </p><p>'The lockdown isn't a picnic for anyone, but the regulations are there to save lives. Our officers continue to enforce all the laws and those who are involved in illegal activity should think twice, as they will get caught,' added Alderman Smith.<br></p>2020-05-24T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#550cea01-5fec-45fb-8509-f49cfc36c0e0;L0|#0550cea01-5fec-45fb-8509-f49cfc36c0e0|Safety;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#78273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255;L0|#078273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255|Metro police;GP0|#6e80f05d-b46b-442b-be7d-d0ea470f2857;L0|#06e80f05d-b46b-442b-be7d-d0ea470f2857|dogs;GP0|#6b3ab57b-db09-4db3-909f-c25f0d726fac;L0|#06b3ab57b-db09-4db3-909f-c25f0d726fac|traffic department;GP0|#fa398fa6-831f-4358-9c72-e9afa39997c9;L0|#0fa398fa6-831f-4358-9c72-e9afa39997c9|SAPS;GP0|#64bda73e-5f57-4a3b-8d16-824cf342f0be;L0|#064bda73e-5f57-4a3b-8d16-824cf342f0be|cigarettes1

 

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