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Metro Police arrest 108 in weekend operations

by City of Cape Town
on 04 Apr 2011
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town's Metro Police Department this weekend arrested 104 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and another four persons for being in possession of illegal narcotics. This was the result of the Department's continuous high visibility patrols and placing of roadblocks at strategic locations

Metro Police arrested 40 people for driving under the influence of alcohol during roadblocks held in Lwandle on both Saturday 02 April and Sunday 03 April.

They also held roadblocks in Mitchells Plain on both Saturday and Sunday, during which they arrested 45 people for driving under the influence of alcohol. Out of the 45 people, 19 were arrested on Saturday at roadblocks in Baden Powell Drive and Eisleben Road, and 26 on Sunday in Eisleben and Lansdowne Roads.

On Sunday evening the Metro Police held a joint operation with Wynberg South African Police Services (SAPS) in the Wynberg and Diep River areas and arrested 17 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol. Seven of these arrests were made in Diep River and ten in Wynberg. Officers also arrested one person during this operation for being in possession of illegal narcotics, after they found 14 packets of TIK in his possession.

An additional two motorists were arrested for drunk driving during visible patrols held in Sea Point and Cape Town on Friday and Saturday evenings.

On Saturday during on-going visible policing patrols in the Athlone area, Metro Police officers arrested two persons for the possession of dagga and dealing in TIK.

The following drugs were confiscated from the suspects:
  • 26 x Mandrax tablets
  • 8 x Packets of Tik
  • 5 x Stoppe dagga
  • 1 x Parcel of dagga

Acting on a tip-off received, the Metro Police's Substance Abuse Unit on Sunday arrested one person in Waterberry Crescent, Bellville South, after they found four packets of TIK in the person's possession.

On the same day, an operation was conducted in Muizenberg, Steenberg, Grassy Park, Strandfontein and Lansdowne, where officers concentrated on the enforcement of the City's bylaws.

The following fines were issued:
  • 14 x contraventions of liquor legislation
  • 6 x hawking without a permit
  • 3 x contraventions of the Streets, Public Places and the Prevention of Noise Nuisances Bylaw
  • 1 x Urinating in public
  • 6 x Gambling in public

"We are already gearing up for the Easter long weekend and have adopted an approach which encompasses increased patrols, various operations, conducting roadblocks and the execution of search warrants at suspected drug dens," said Yolanda Faro, Deputy Chief: Metro Police.


END


MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 261 / 2011
04 APRIL 2011


ISSUED BY:
COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT, CITY OF CAPE TOWN

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
YOLANDA FARO
DEPUTY CHIEF: METRO POLICE
TEL: 021 427 5124 CELL: 082 046 2062


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