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The 73 arrests during the past few days included seven suspects apprehended for possession of illegal firearms and 55 for drunk driving. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police and Traffic Services Departments arrested 73 suspects during operations in the last few days.

The Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team’s K9 Unit reacted to a shooting incident recorded by the Shotspotter system in Matilda Road, Manenberg in the early hours of Thursday 11 August 2016. Upon investigation, they spotted two suspects who ran when they saw the officers. One of the suspects was arrested at a house in the area. Further investigation revealed a 9 mm firearm on the premises, 64 rounds of ammunition and one firearm magazine. Officers took a further six suspects into custody, aged between 19 and 36.

A few hours later, the same unit arrested another suspect in Manenberg after confiscating a firearm found in his possession.‘These are good arrests and I commend the staff for their quick responses and vigilance. This is also testament to the capabilities of the Shotspotter system. I appeal to the public to continue working with us so we can rid the streets of Manenberg and other gang-riddled suburbs of illegal firearms and those who use them. These latest confiscated firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to see if they can be linked to other shooting incidents,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Metro Police arrested 12 more suspects for possession of drugs and counterfeit goods in Bellville South, Hanover Park and Manenberg. Officers confiscated various quantities of drugs as well as nearly 150 cartons of illegal cigarettes.

On the roads, the Metro Police Department arrested seven motorists for drunk driving during crime prevention patrols and vehicle check points in Sea Point and the Cape Town central business district.

The City’s Traffic Services Department arrested 47 more suspects on the same charge and one other for reckless and negligent driving. They impounded 16 sedan taxis and issued a total of 516 fines. Details are as follows:
· A roadblock in Atlantis resulted in six arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol
· In an operation focusing on illegal street racing in the Eerste River/Bothasig areas, officers arrested nine suspects – eight for driving under the influence of alcohol and one for reckless/negligent driving
· A roadblock in Bellville saw the arrest of nine suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol
· At a roadblock in Mitchells Plain, officers arrested 24 suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol

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