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As part of their weekend operations, City of Cape Town enforcement agencies arrested eight suspects for being in possession of drugs – one of whom was found with drugs to the value of R25 000. In a separate operation, a drunk driver was so determined to get away that she abandoned her four-year-old child in her vehicle. Read more below:

City Law Enforcement officers arrested a suspect in Hanover Park for drug dealing and being in possession of drugs on Friday 14 October 2016. The officers found drugs to the value of R25 000 at the suspect’s home, including 215 bankies of dagga, 98 dagga cigarettes and 4,51 kg of loose dagga. The suspect was arrested and taken to the Philippi Police Station.

Metro Police officers held various operations across the city and apprehended seven suspects for being in possession of drugs, with nearly daily busts:
· In an operation on Voortrekker Road yesterday, 16 October 2016, officers arrested a 21-year-old male for being in possession of drugs· In a joint operation with the South African Police Service in the Lavender Hill area on 15 October 2016, Law Enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Stone Court and found two men on the premises. While searching, the officers found drugs in the toilet and saw one of the men swallowing a packet containing tik. The officers arrested both suspects and took them to the Steenberg Police Station
· In an operation in Bellville South 14 October 2016, officers arrested two males, aged 27 and 61, for being in possession of drugs
· In an operation in Khayelitsha, officers saw a man running and gave chase. They found him at a residence with drugs in his possession. The man was booked at the Lingelethu Police Station
· In an operation in the Nyanga and Athlone areas on Thursday 13 October 2016, officers arrested three suspects for being in possession of drugs
· The Metro Police, Gang and Drug Task Team, and K9 Unit were on patrol in the Manenberg area when they saw a man wandering on the streets. The man ran when he saw the officers so they gave chase and managed to apprehend him. The officers found 25 tik straws in his possession

Meanwhile, on Saturday 15 October 2016, two Law Enforcement officers arrested one suspect for illegal dumping. The officers were on patrol duty in Botfontein Road on Saturday when they were flagged down by members of the public informing them of illegal dumping taking place in the area. The officers went to the spot where the alleged dumping was happening and found two men dumping tree branches and building rubble from a white pick-up vehicle. The driver was issued with a Section 56 Notice and a fine of R5 000 in terms of the Integrated Waste Management By-law. He was also served with a non-compliance notice and the vehicle was impounded.

On Friday 14 October 2016, a City traffic officer on patrol duty on Govan Mbeki Drive noticed a taxi picking up passengers, but on further patrolling on the same road the officer observed another white Toyota Quantum with the same registration plates and immediately pulled the taxi over. The officer then did a routine inspection with the purpose of waiting for the first Toyota Quantum that he had spotted so that he could he could confirm his suspicions. On further investigation he found the licence discs as well as the operators cards to be identical, with only one transport permit. The officer called for assistance while arranging alternative transport for the passengers. The owner arrived on the scene and was arrested after questioning. The two drivers were arrested for fraud. All three suspects were detained at the Philippi Police Station and the two vehicles were impounded.

During operations in the Grassy Park area on 14 October 2016, the City’s Traffic Service arrested nine suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol and issued nine fines for various other offences. A four-year-old child was found abandoned in a car after the intoxicated mother had left the keys in the ignition and fled on foot, disappearing between the houses. The vehicle and the child were taken to the Grassy Park Police Station where a social worker from Department of Community Services was called out.

That same day, an officer of the Integrated Roadblock Unit stopped a vehicle on 35th Street, Bishop Lavis. On searching the vehicle and its three occupants, the officer found an imitation firearm, along with other dangerous weapons. An identity document was found with a driving licence, bank cards and other cards, a video camera, cellphone and tablet. Small quantities of mandrax and dagga were also found in their possession. On further investigation, it was found that the items found in their possession were linked to a robbery that had occurred in the Bellville area the previous day. The three suspects were arrested for possession of an imitation firearm with intention to commit an offence, possession of stolen property, and possession of drugs and dagga, and detained at the Bishop Lavis Police Station.

All in all, the City’s law enforcement agencies arrested 243 suspects and issued a 1 967 fines for various offences.

‘I want to commend our officers who stop at nothing to bring drug users and dealers to book. The use of drugs is to blame for some of the social ills we find in our communities and therefore must be tackled. We will therefore continue to clamp down on drug use,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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