53 suspects arrested in police operation, Phillipi

53 suspects arrested in police operation, Phillipi Photo : SAPS
53 suspects arrested in police operation, Phillipi Photo : SAPS

Vigilant SAPS members attached to K9 Unit, stabilization Unit and Metro Police retrieved firearms and drugs in Hanover Park, Phillipi, whilst busy with crime prevention patrols in their area.

On Saturday July 22nd 2017 at about 12:00, members of the K9 Unit, Stabilization Unit and Gang of Metro Police were busy with crime prevention in Johndown Walk Hanover Park when they stopped and searched an 18 year old male. A small quantity of new live 9mm ammunition was found in his possession and he was arrested for the illegal possession of ammunition.

Soon thereafter, the members swiftly acted on information and proceeded to a house in Johndown Walk Hanover Park where they searched a Wendy house on the premises and seized a large quantity of drugs with an estimated street value of R1k, a .38 Special Taurus revolver and under the ground seized fully loaded R5 magazines and a large quantity of live shotgun ammunition, 7.65 ammunition, .45mm ammunition, 9mm magazines and large calibre ammunition. Police arrested a 42 year old male for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and drugs. The serial number of the firearm was filed off.

Both suspects will be appearing in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday (2017-07-24)on a charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and drugs.

Philippi Police in total arrested 53 suspects for the past week ending 23 July 2017, for various crimes. Twenty-six of the arrested suspects were caught with illegal possession drugs. Other suspects were arrested for theft, assault and robbery.

One suspect made his court appearance after he got arrested for possession of an imitation firearm. Crime Prevention operations were carried out throughout Hanover Park at well-known drug and liquor outlets as well as the random stop and searches of suspicious people and vehicles and houses of well-known self-proclaimed gang members. Foot patrols and vehicle patrols are continuous.

Police management commended the members for a job well done and say that they will maintain a zero tolerance approach against criminals.

Anyone with information on crime in the Phillipi area can call the police at 021 690 1504 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111

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