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Metro Police officers ‘suck up’ a stash<p>The City's enforcement officers made 297 arrests in the last week, and issued 81 977 notices for various traffic and by-law transgressions.</p><p>Law Enforcement officers conducted 648 enforcement operations during which 215 suspects were arrested. </p><p>Officers also issued 2 319 notices for various transgressions. </p><p>In the early hours of this morning, LEAP officers responded to gunshots in Mfuleni. On arrival, they saw three men fleeing, and found a fourth individual in a vehicle. As officers approached the car, the driver sped off, and after a high speed chase through the area where the suspect eventually collided with another vehicle, he surrendered.</p><p>Officers found him in possession of a 9mm pistol and two live rounds of ammunition. A search of the car later revealed another pistol and 47 rounds of ammunition of various calibres, including 25 AK-47 rounds.</p><p>Metro Police made 40 arrests, including five for driving under the influence of alcohol and issued 5 651 fines for traffic and by-law related transgressions.</p><p>Among those arrested were five individuals charged for possession of drugs, after officers found contraband in some very unique circumstances.</p><ul><li>On Wednesday, 10 January, Metro Police officers were assisting with the execution of search warrants in Parklands. They found a parcel behind a toilet bowl at a house in the area, containing 68 mandrax tablets, three bags of tik and two small bags of cocaine. A 49-year-old suspect was detained at Table View SAPS.</li></ul><ul><li>On Tuesday, 9 January, at approximately 22:30, officers on patrol in Steenberg recovered nine mandrax tablets from a hole in the wall at a tuckshop in Steenberg, and arrested a suspect. </li></ul><ul><li>On Monday, 8 January 2024, officers acted on a tip off about drugs at a premises in Elsies River. They found 219 tik sachets and R5 000 in cash inside a vacuum cleaner. Three females, aged between 19 and 39, were detained at Ravensmead SAPS.</li></ul><p>'Our enforcement services deal with a lot on a daily basis, and these latest successes show once again the amount of effort and commitment that goes into their jobs. Not only do they put their lives on the line as we saw in the latest example in Mfuleni, that also led to the recovery of prohibited firearms and ammunition, but drug dealers too are becoming increasingly crafty at hiding their stashes, from toilet bowls to ceilings, inside stoves and now even vacuum cleaners. However, our staff are up to the task, as the confiscations in the last week have shown, and we commend them for it,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>Traffic officers recorded 74 007 traffic violations – 55% of them were speeding offences – impounded 136 vehicles and executed 1 784 warrants of arrest.</p><p>They also made 42 arrests – 32 for driving under the influence, three for reckless and negligent driving and seven on charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, false documentation and assaulting an officer.</p><p>The past weekend, the Public Emergency Communication Centre (PECC) recorded 1 867 incidents, including 99 fires, 94 cases of assault, 31cases of domestic violence and 44 road accidents.</p><p>Residents are reminded to phone 021 480 77 00 from a cell phone and 107 from a landline to report any criminal activity or emergency.<br></p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2024-01-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#3bd13869-3207-4532-9db7-a4ca95867a50;L0|#03bd13869-3207-4532-9db7-a4ca95867a50|JP Smith;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GPP|#3f57ea8a-3adb-4a8f-bb3a-0a20a62c7fe9;GP0|#26eb1cce-7a65-4510-a4ed-6d56da219306;L0|#026eb1cce-7a65-4510-a4ed-6d56da219306|Metro Police Department;GP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement;GP0|#1590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f63;L0|#01590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f63|traffic services;GP0|#5615f8a8-1812-4aba-8cfc-472bd2b5937e;L0|#05615f8a8-1812-4aba-8cfc-472bd2b5937e|PECC10

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