A South African Police Service (Saps) joint intelligence operation in Limpopo province has seen results with the arrests of various parties for possession of large caches of drugs and firearms, including one suspect with over 4800 kilograms of dagga.
In a statement provided by Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, the arrests were made across 10 different policing areas within the last 10 days.
“These investigations are part of an ongoing process to demolish crime infested areas”, said Ngoepe. “Each police precinct is aiming to clear-up their crime-board and clean-up their area”.
The investigation has included the participation of various Saps offices in the province spearheaded by the intelligence offices of the province.
Arrests in the Bela-Bela cluster saw the confiscation of 1017 tablets of ecstasy valued at around R152 000 according to police authorities.
While a 31-year-old male arrested in Westernburg for possession, was found with dagga valued at around R 70 000. Similarly, a 24-year-old male from Jane Furse was arrested for the possession of 4 810 kg of dagga.
Ngoepe says investigations are ongoing, but that cases which used to be problematic for the region are slowly decreasing in number due to the heightened efforts of Saps officers.
“We have found that for every 40 people arrested, we uncover connections to over 100 more cases because the perpetrators are in some way connected to each other”, adds Ngoepe.
A total of 28 suspects between the ages of 19 and 44 were arrested throughout the province and are set to appear before their respective magistrates court soon.