Concerted efforts by an Eden Cluster Integrated Crime Combating Team consisting Crime Intelligence, Cluster Crime Combating, Crime Prevention Unit and K9 to eradicate drug trafficking as well as the distribution of drugs into communities within the Eden Cluster precinct, once again yielded positive results when police confiscated Mandrax tablets and other drugs with an estimated street value of more than R25 000-00 in the George Central Business District and Oudtshoorn on 10 February 2021.
Members involved in these busts on Wednesday, 10 February 2021 operationalized information provided by our Crime Intelligence unit as well as that received from community members, obtain search warrants and executed these operation successfully, leading to the arrests of four drug peddlers between the ages 22 and 34-years old.
Members first converge on a known illegal drug outlet in Jan Makai Street, Bridgeton, Oudtshoorn and upon searching the premises, found a plastic bag concealing 400 Mandrax tablets in the bedroom. They also found four bankies containing Tik in the same room. Subsequently they arrested a 32-year-old man for the Illegal possession of Drugs.
The convoy of dedicated members spread their wings to the George CBD where they executed stop and search operations by means of high density vehicle and foot patrols in the vicinity of the Taxi-rank. During these patrols members encountered three men at different occasions who acted suspiciously. Upon searching these men, members found smaller amounts of Mandrax tablets, Tik and dagga in their possession.
They were subsequently arrested and detained at the George police station. They are between the ages 22-and-32-years old.
Once they have been charged all of them will appear in the Oudtshoorn and George magistrates’ courts respectively on charges of Illegal Possession of Drugs.
The Eden Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Reddy has praised these members for their dedication to rid our communities of this scourge of drug addiction. He also posted a firm warning to these illegal “Merts” to refrain from peddling as more similar operations are planned for execution on a regular basis.