Eden Cluster arrests 323 suspects during weekend crime combatting operations

WESTERN CAPE - Police in the Eden Cluster in the Garden Route District expanded their efforts to combat and eradicate crime successfully beyond the Safer Festive Season, through the strategic deployment of integrated forces. These deployments ensured that 323 suspects were arrested between Friday, 04 February 2022 and Sunday morning 06 January 2022 at 06:00. Two hundred and sixty seven (267) were for reported crime committed during the mentioned period of three days, eighteen (18) suspects represents wanted suspects for serious crime and nineteen (19) for whom warrants of arrests were issued and executed. The total arrests represent various criminal offences, ranging from petty to more serious offence.

This weekend’s operations included high visibility blue light patrols in crime stricken areas, roadblocks, stop and search operations with a special focus on drug and liquor outlets, illegal firearms, the tracing of wanted suspects and the confiscation of dangerous weapons. Most of the arrested suspects will make their court appearance in the local magistrates’ court tomorrow, Monday, 07 February 2022, once charged.

During these integrated operations at a roadblock on the N-2 near the Tsitsikamma Tollgates, members attached to the Eden Cluster Flying Squad pulled over a taxi en-route to Kwanokuthula from the Eastern Cape. Members conducted a routine search when they detect a strong cannabis odour inside the cabin. Members ensued with a thorough search, resulting in the find of more than 8.5kg of Dagga worth approximately R25 000.00 that was concealed in 19 plastic shopping bags hidden in a huge yellow plastic bag (See attached photo). Subsequent to the find, members arrested the driver and his operator for Dealing and alternatively Possession of Illegal Drugs. The pair, 42-and-56 years old from Kwanokuthula, are scheduled to appear in the Plettenberg Bay Magistrates’ court tomorrow, Monday, 07 February 2022 on mentioned charges.

Meanwhile in Pacaltsdorp, members attached to Crime Prevention Unit took to the streets and arrested six (6) suspects for the possession of Mandrax and small quantities of Tik as well as two (2) more suspects for the Possession of Dangerous weapons which included an okapi flick knife similar to the one that claimed the life of a young man about a week ago in New Dawn Park Pacaltsdorp. These suspects between the ages 19 and 54 is scheduled to appear in the George Magistrates’ court tomorrow, Monday, 07 February 2022.

Eden Acting Cluster Commander, Brigadier Belinda Pather has praised the members for their dedication to safeguard communities within their area. The confiscation illicit Drugs during the weekend also contributed to the prevention of serious crime such as murder and assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, he said.

Western Cape Provincial Management commended the members for their vigilance in bringing these perpetrators to book. Combined and integrated operations will continue throughout and beyond the festive season with the focus to safeguard Western Cape against the scourge of Drug addiction and serious and violent crimes, including GBV-offences.

Source: South African Police Service