Operation Phakisa: Drugs worth R8 000 confiscated

Western Cape: Three suspects aged 48, 22 and 18 are expected to made a brief appearance today before Port Nolloth Magistrate’s Court on a charge of dealing in drugs.

The trio were arrested in Nollothville, following an intelligence information. Mandrax tablets worth estimated street value of R8 000, were found in possession of the suspects.

Operation Phakisa is a multi-disciplinary approached crime prevention operation kicked started on Friday, 22 March 2019 on the Northern Cape Coastline, Port Nolloth, Klein See, Hondeklip Bay and Alexandra Bay. The operation was wrapped up on Sunday, 24 March 2019.

The operation focused on combating crimes against marine resources, endangered species, illegal mining on coastal line more particularly on the coast of the Northern Cape.

The Departments of Customs, Home Affairs, South African Revenue Services (SARS), Department of Agriculture Fishery and Forestry, Department of Environment and Nature Conservation (DENC), State Security Agency (SSA), SAN Parks, Crime Intelligence and South African Police jointly participated in the operation.

During the operation involved agencies jointly conducted air patrols, patrols on the coastline, on and off the shores, conducted the fishing vessels inspection for compliance. Four undocumented persons suspected to have entered illegally into the country were also arrested. They were arrested while found performing construction jobs in and around Port Nolloth. The suspects are charged for contravening Immigration Act, they are due to appear before the Port Nolloth Magistrate’s Court today (Monday, March 25, 2019).

The law enforcement agencies, jointly in partnership shall continue to enforce the law, to bring perpetrators of crime to book to ensure that marine resources including the endangered species are protected.

Source: South African Police Service