Efforts by the Police to eradicate drug trafficking through an intelligence-driven approach where information received from the public were operationalized, yielded positive results when members attached to Still Bay SAPS in conjunction with Public Order Police (POPS) and Langeberg K-9 (Dog Unit) simultaneously pounced on the residence of three (3) prominent drug dealers and that of seven (7) of their peddlers early on the morning of 7 September 2021.
A string of sting operations conducted at the said premises over a period of time, from 2020 till recently, culminated in the morning’s successes when a total of 10 suspects were arrested after warrants of arrests were obtained.
During this period, various clandestine buys were conducted. This operation emanated from a project that was registered in 2020 by Still Bay SAPS to address major crime contributors within their precinct.
A total of twenty four (24) cases of illegal dealing in drugs has been positively linked to these arrests.
In addition to above arrests, members also executed search and warrants of arrests that resulted in the apprehension of a further three (3) suspects for the illegal dealing in drugs, one (1) suspect for possession of drugs and two (2) suspect who had outstanding warrants of arrests for possession of dangerous weapons and theft.
Consequent to these arrests, members confiscated drugs to the effect of 65 grams of dagga, 1 gram of Mandrax powder, 84 grams of Tik and 10 full Mandrax tablets as well as R1235.00 in cash.
All these suspects, aged between 19 and 42 including a 27 year old female, are scheduled to make their first appearance in the Riversdale Magistrates court on Wednesday, 8 September 2021.
The Acting Eden Cluster Commander, Brig Phumzile V Cetyana lauded members involved with the bust for their relentless efforts to eradicate drug distribution in the Southern Cape and to bring the culprits thereof to book.
Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen T Patekile had nothing but praise for those involved in bringing the suspects to book. He encouraged members to align themselves with the strategic and operational objectives of the SAPS to ensure that our communities are and stay free from the scourge of Drug abuse.