Police in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro have warned perpetrators who continue to undermine and challenge the authority of the state that their freedom was short, saying they would be hunted down wherever they might be hiding and their illegal drugs and firearms seized.
Police spokesman, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, in a statement, said that three firearms and large quantity of drugs had been confiscated in Kamesh and Humans drop areas in the last 24 hours.
Col. Naidu’s statement read this, “At about 15:00, on 22 February 2021, Anti-Gang Unit members searched a house in Mooimeisie Street in Kamesh. A 9mm pistol was confiscated (serial number filed off) as well as 36 packets of tik, 44 dagga rolls, 387 mandrax tablets, 134 rounds of ammunition, 240 Stilpane tablets and 3 firearm magazines were confiscated. An enquiry docket was opened for further investigation. The estimated value of the drugs and the Schedule 5 tablets is R20 000.
“In an intelligence driven operation between NMB District Crime Combating Unit, PE Flying Squad and K9 Unit, a 23-year-old suspect was arrested at a house in Tuna Drive in Lapland in Kamesh last night, 22 February 2021.
“It is alleged that information was received that a person at the house was allegedly in possession of a firearm. At about 21:30, the team surrounded the house.
“The suspect was seen hiding something between old tyres against a boundary wall. On searching the area, a 9mm pistol and ammunition was found between the tyres. The firearm is not reported stolen and police are busy tracing the owner of the firearm.
The suspect is detained on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. He is expected to appear in court soon.
“During the early hours of this morning, an intelligence driven operation conducted by the Anti-Gang Unit members in Humansdorp resulted in the recovery of a firearm and the confiscation of drugs in Arcadia and Oceanview.
“At about 02:15, Anti-Gang Unit members executed a search warrant at a house in Harry Gwala Street in Oceanview in Jeffreys Bay. Police followed up on information of firearms and drugs at the house. Cash, loose dagga weighing 2,120kg, 209 dagga rolls, 59 plastic packets of dagga,15 packets of tik,1 big packet of tik weighing 51:62g 625 tik bulbs, 719 mandrax tablets, 79 quarter mandrax tablets, 73 half mandrax tablets and a scale were confiscated. The estimated total value of the drugs is R84 088-00.
The police spokesman also said that a 39-year-old woman was arrested for possession and dealing in drugs.
“Also at about 02:30 this morning, Anti-Gang Unit members executed a search warrant at a known drug post in Peterson Street in Arcadia in Humansdorp. While searching the premises, a 9mm pistol (serial number filed off) was found inside a fridge hidden between the vegetables.
“Also five whole mandrax tablets; five half mandrax tablets and a quarter mandrax tablet were seized. An enquiry docket was opened for further investigation. No arrest was effected.
The three recovered firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing for further analysis.”
Col. Naidu quoted the Acting Mount Road Cluster Commander, Brigadier Thandiswa Kupiso, as warning has criminals that ‘there would be no peace for criminals as we continue to enforce our authority on them and we will not tolerate their illegal activities in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro and surrounding districts.