Liquor and drug outlets closed-down during crime prevention operations
WESTERN CAPE – Concerted efforts to eradicate liquor and drug abuse once again yielded positive results when liquor as well as drug outlets were close-down during various crime prevention operations in the Eden Cluster over the past weekend.
Members attached to the Eden Cluster Crime Combatting team conducted an operation at Uniondale on Friday, 19 February 2021 after information about the illegal sale of liquor was received from the public. The police confiscated 185 litres of alcohol and arrested two suspects aged 18 and 35. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects, from Dysselsdorp near Oudtshoorn, are selling liquor in Uniondale without a liquor licence.
In an unrelated matter, vigilant members attached to the Knysna Crime Prevention Unit, armed with a search warrant, descended on a premises near Sedgefield, Knysna on Friday, 19 February 2021. A search of the premises resulted in the confiscation of small quantities of Mandrax tablets and an undisclosed amount of cash, believed to be the proceeds of the drug trade. The police arrested a 25-year-old on a charge of dealing in drugs.
Meanwhile, members attached to the George Crime Prevention Unit conducted a sting operation at a drug outlet in George on Saturday, 20 February 2021. Upon searching the premises they found 54 Mandrax Tablets, 6 sachets containing Tik and a small amount of dagga inside. A 35-year-old suspect was arrested on a charge of dealing in drugs.
The arrested suspects will appear in respective courts when charged.
Acting Eden Cluster Commander, Brigadier Belinda Pather, commended the members involved with these arrests and confiscations. She reaffirmed the commitment of the police to remove drugs from the streets and assured the public that similar operation will be conducted as part of concerted efforts to eradicate substance abuse in communities.
Source: South African Police Service