Thursday 12 October 2023
Midweek crime combatting operations to rid communities of illicit drugs and firearms ensured that two women find themselves behind bars after police confiscated drugs with an estimated street value of R135 000 at a house situated in Damsebos, Knysna.
On Wednesday, 11 October 2023 at about 05:30 Knysna Crime Prevention Unit members acted on information when they executed a search warrant at the house. A search of the premises ensued which led to the discovery of 1000 Mandrax tablets stashed in a plastic bag under the bed. The team proceeded to another area of the residence where they found three sachets with 300 gram of Tik concealed behind a wooden panel. The members confiscated the drugs and arrested both occupants, women aged 27 and 51. They face a charge of dealing in drugs.
Meanwhile, later the same day, Garden Route District Crime Combatting Team members conducted patrols along the N9 when they spotted two suspicious looking men at a hiking spot near the Outeniqua Pass at the entrance to George. Both men, aged 32 and 35, were searched and found in possession of 350 mandrax tablets. They were subsequently arrested for dealing in drugs.
The suspects remains in police custody. They will make their first court appearances in the Knysna and George Magistrates’ courts, once charged.
In an unrelated incident, on Monday, 09 October 2023 Thembalethu police followed up information of an unlicensed firearm at a house at Mbewu Street, Zone 9 in Thembalethu. A search of the premises ensued which led to the discovery of a firearm and two 2 rounds of ammunition. Further investigation linked the firearm to a burglary which was perpetrated in the vicinity last month. The accused aged 23 and 26 were scheduled for a formal bail application today.
Western Cape police management lauded the members for their efforts to rid communities of firearms and drugs which continue to threaten the safety of rural communities.