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Metro Police officers arrested 63 suspects <p>​Of the arrests made, 41 were for illegal possession and or trading in drugs, seven for driving under the influence of alcohol and one for reckless and negligent driving. The other arrests included offences such as firearm related, commercial, property and contact-related crimes, among other things.</p><p> On Sunday, 18 February 2024, officers conducted crime prevention patrols in Mitchells Plain when they received information from community members of a suspect running in Samantha Street with a firearm in his hand. Officers immediately responded. After receiving further information that the suspect was travelling in a white vehicle on Morgenster Road, officers managed to stop the vehicle on the corner of AZ Berman and Morgenster Road.</p><p> Upon further inspection, officers found the suspect in possession of a .44 heavy calibre revolver loaded with five hollow point rounds in the magazine(serial number still intact). Another 12 .44 magnum rounds and one empty cartridge were found on the suspect. The 59-year-old male was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and detained at Lentegeur South African Police Service(SAPS).</p><p> On Saturday, 17 February 2024 officers recovered a prohibited firearm and an unlicensed firearm in Gugulethu. At approximately 16:15, officers were conducting crime prevention patrols on the corner of Klipfontein and Steve Biko Roads when they saw a male suspect armed with a firearm, robbing another person. While attempting to flee, the suspect threw away a black sling bag. One of the officers inspected the bag and discovered an ADP 9mm pistol with the serial number filed off, a .38 special Smith & Wesson revolver and 14  live rounds of ammunition. The male, aged 24 was arrested for the possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of an unlicensed firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. The suspect was detained at Gugulethu SAPS.<br></p><p>'The week-on-week confiscation of illegal firearms clearly shows to what length criminals will go to commit a crime. But it also shows that information-driven policing in the community is effective. It also demonstrates the importance of the community sharing information with officers so that they can act and arrest the suspects and confiscate firearms. Our officers are doing duty on the frontline of the war against crime and they will continue to do so. Once suspects are arrested and booked in at SAPS, the investigation process must be followed through. We have said it before – it's up to the criminal justice system to be more effective and to see to it that criminals get their day in court,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.<br></p><p>End<br></p><p><br></p>2024-02-21T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#78273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255;L0|#078273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255|Metro police;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#215e3109-2260-4827-b8e1-b354dcab4c61;L0|#0215e3109-2260-4827-b8e1-b354dcab4c61|Enforcement10

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