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The City of Cape Town’s enforcement successes this week so far include several drug busts in Mitchells Plain, Athlone, Ocean View, Hanover Park, Delft and Nyanga. Metro Police officers also came to the rescue of a kidnapping victim in Surrey Estate. Read more below.

Quick action from the City’s Metro Police and a tip-off from the public led to the rescue of a kidnapping victim and the arrest of three suspects on Sunday 4 September 2016.

Upon receiving information on the whereabouts of a kidnapping victim, apparently being held for an R800 000 ransom since Friday 2 September 2016, Metro Police officers quickly dispatched to the location in Surrey Estate, Athlone and managed to apprehend the suspects and confiscate one replica firearm used in the kidnapping.

The victim was found shackled and highly traumatised.

Other operations by Metro Police this week have yielded a number of successful arrests. Two suspects were arrested in Mitchells Plain on Tuesday 6 September 2016 for possession of mandrax and tik.Also on Tuesday, officers in the Athlone area received a report of a robbery in which the victim’s phone was stolen. The phone was traced to the Bokmakierie area and the victim managed to positively identify the suspect, who was then arrested. The phone was also recovered.

In addition, high-visibility patrols in the Ocean View area paid off after a 20-year-old suspect was arrested for selling drugs at a local secondary school. Officers searched the suspect and found him in possession of two packets of tik and a lolly.

The officers also arrested two suspects, aged 21 and 36, in Comet Road and Aries Way for being in possession of 54 dagga ‘stoppe’, 16 packets of tik, nine mandrax tablets and R839 in cash. They found 38 more dagga ‘stoppe’ abandoned in Flamingo Road.

On Monday 5 September 2016, Metro Police officers attached to the Gang and Drug Task Team attended to a complaint at Kannabas Close in Kewtown, Athlone. On reaching the site, they saw a group of young men smoking behind the flats. Upon further investigation, a 32-year-old suspect was found in possession of 36 dagga ‘stoppe’ and one plastic bag of dagga. He was arrested and charged with illegal possession of dagga.

Meanwhile, officers in the Hanover Park, Delft and Nyanga areas arrested four suspects between the ages of 18 and 29 for illegal drug possession during a stop-and-search operation. Confiscated items included five tik straws, one dagga ‘stop’, half a mandrax tablet, and one crushed mandrax tablet wrapped in a R10 note. They also seized 15 .45 rounds of ammunition and three 9 mm live rounds found abandoned in an open field close to Mango Street, Delft.

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