Firearm recovered and more than 850 mandrax tablets, dagga and tik seized in Nyanga Cluster

NYANGA CLUSTER – Operations conducted in the week and over the weekend resulted in significant successes in the Nyanga Cluster.

Five suspects were apprehended and various drugs and a firearm were confiscated during crime prevention operations conducted in Elsies River, Nyanga, Samora Machel, Bishop Lavis and Philippi East.

A 36-year-old man was arrested on Friday night in possession of an illegal firearm in Nyanga. The members attached to the National Intervention Unit in Umthatha were on patrol in Lansdowne Road, Crossroads when they saw three armed suspects and when the suspects saw members approaching they fired shots at the members and the members retaliated wounding one suspect in the leg who was found in possession of a firearm, an Astra 7.65 which was reported stolen in Umthatha in 1998. The suspect is in hospital under police guard. He will appear in Athlone Magistrate’s Court once charged for the possession of an illegal firearm and attempted murder (attack on police).

Two other suspects, a man and a woman were arrested in Elsies River and Bishop Lavis, also with various drugs. A 26-year-old woman was arrested in possession of 81 half mandrax tablets, 11 full mandrax tablets, 38 tik sachets, 171 stoppe of dagga and cash in Bishop Lavis while the 47-year-old was arrested in Elsies River. Acting on a tip-off, members of Elsies River Crime Prevention Unit arrested the 47-year-old man for possession of ammunition, tik and mandrax tablets in Boaterclose in Eslies River. A further 830 mandrax tablets were found abandoned yesterday, Saturday, 19 October 2019 in an open field in Elsies River as well.

Other suspects were arrested in Philippi East and Samora Machel also for dealing in and possession of drugs. Once charged the suspects will appear in Philippi and Bishop Lavis Magistrate’s Courts for dealing in and possession of drugs.

The Western Cape management commended the members for their dedication in the fight against crime.

Source: South African Police Service