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Hotboxing speedsters come up short<p>At approximately 07:45 yesterday, officers were conducting crime prevention patrols on McIntyre Road in Parow when they spotted a vehicle with three occupants speeding past them. </p><p>They advised the motorist to stop, but he initially refused and kept on driving. He later complied after officers activated their lights and sirens.  </p><p>As the driver rolled down his window, the officers got a strong smell of dagga coming from inside the vehicle. </p><p>They immediately requested a K9 to assist with a search.</p><p>Khalesi discovered 42 packets of tik, 29 packets of dagga and three medium packets of cocaine in a plastic bag, hidden in a compartment of the vehicle. </p><p>The driver then attempted to bribe the officers, but he and his two passengers were arrested for the possession of drugs and the driver was also charged for bribery. </p><p>The suspects, aged 39, 45 and 63 were detained at Parow SAPS.</p><p>'Our two-legged and four-legged officers continue to make inroads on the drug trade flooding our neighbourhoods. Every drug taken off the street is potentially someone saved from an overdose or prevented from taking that first hit and becoming addicted.</p><p>'The proliferation of drugs and the related abuse erodes our social fabric and leads to many other ills, including an increase in crime. Every drug bust is a step in the right direction,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>Metro Police officers made a total of 54 arrests of which 41 were for the possession or sale of drugs.</p><p><strong>Traffic Service</strong></p><p>Cape Town Traffic Services made a Top 100 arrest on Thursday after a warrant check.</p><p>The driver had 35 outstanding warrants valued at R111 300 and was detained at Wynberg Police Station. </p><p>In the past week, Traffic Officers recorded 55 930 transgressions, impounded 179 vehicles and executed 1 726 warrants of arrest.</p><p>They also arrested 58 motorists, including 49 for driving under the influence of alcohol, three for reckless and negligent driving and six for various other offences.</p><p><strong>LAW ENFORCEMENT</strong></p><p>Law Enforcement officers issued 3 225 notices and made 230 arrests. These included arrests for the possession of drugs, ammunition and dangerous weapons.</p><p><strong>PUBLIC EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTRE</strong></p><p>The PECC recorded 1 504 calls this weekend of which nearly half (637) were medical complaints. The centre also recorded 94 assault cases, 52 vehicle accidents and 41 domestic violence reports.</p><p>'It is good to know residents are aware of who to call in an emergency. The figures across most of the other categories are lower mid-month, but this doesn't mean we can take a breather. Our directorate staff continue to be available to assist those who need it and to help ensure our communities are safer,' said Alderman Smith. </p><p>Residents are reminded to report any criminal activity or emergency by contacting the PECC on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline. </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2024-05-12T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#633591e2-ed41-4816-9750-3d5f5090deda;L0|#0633591e2-ed41-4816-9750-3d5f5090deda|illegal activity;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement10

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