The illegal drugs trade in the Western Cape has been dealt a blow with the seizure of a haul of more than 35 000 Mandrax tablets and 4.3kg of tik.
It is estimated that these have a street value of around R4-million. Three people who were transporting the consignment have been arrested.
According to an official statement, members of the Public Order Policing unit received a tip-off that a shipment of drugs was due to be delivered in the Elsies River area of Cape Town and set up a checkpoint in the vicinity.
Vehicle loaded with drugs stopped at checkpoint
Upon searching a Toyota Etios occupied by three men aged between 32 and 41, the officers discovered the drugs and the occupants were arrested. They are due to make their first court appearance on Monday.
In a separate incident in Kleinvlei, also in Cape Town, members of the same unit arrested a 34-year-old man for being in possession of 30 Mandrax tablets after they reacted to a tipoff.
Photo credit: SAPS
More Western Cape drug seizures were made in Kraaifontein, a suburb close to Durbanville, when officers from the Provincial Integrated Team raided two addresses and confiscated quantities of tik and Mandrax tablets.
Two people were arrested and illegal firearm was seized. A quantity of cash, believed to be the proceeds of crime, was also taken as evidence.
Twenty suspects arrested and guns confiscated
Meanwhile, in Gauteng, police seized 12 firearms and arrested 20 suspects in various operations over a 24-hour period.
One of the firearms seized in Gauteng. Photo credit: SAPS
In one incident, members of the Johannesburg Flying Squad received a tip-off from Crime Intelligence that an Uber taxi driver who was to commit a robbery in the vicinity of Cleveland.
"An operation was conducted in the area [and] the Uber taxi was spotted and stopped. During the search, two unlicensed firearms were recovered and three suspects were arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms," police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele said.