Police in Port Elizabeth arrested a total of 155 suspects during crime prevention operations conducted over the past weekend.
The suspects were arrested for various crimes including possession of drugs, robbery, drunken driving, possession of suspected stolen property, murder, attempted murder, theft from motor vehicle, house robbery, unlawful possession of firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.
A total of 50 arrests were made on drug-related cases – possession of drugs and/or dealing in drugs.
“The arrests were affected during routine patrols and stop-and-search operations,” said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.
She added that, all the drug related cases were effected whist members were engaged in stop and search in the Mount Road Police Cluster.
“Seven arrests were also made during the week for unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition and ten people were arrested for drunken driving this weekend,” said Colonel Naidu.
On Saturday, at about 09:50, members from SAPS Gelvandale responded to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle in Liebenberg Street.
“As the members were following the vehicle, the driver and passenger jumped off and tried to run. The police officer saw the passenger drop a firearm,” said Colonel Naidu.
She added that, a 9mm pistol with 2 rounds of ammunition was recovered and a 29 year suspect arrested and the firearm was reported stolen in Bethelsdorp this month.
On the same day, at about 19:20, five suspects, aged between 17 and 25 years-old, were arrested by Bethelsdorp Vispol members.
“While patrolling Ext 31 in Bethelsdorp, the members noticed a Toyota Corolla with 5 occupants, due to the number of people in the car, police became suspicious and stopped the vehicle,” said Colonel Naidu.
She added that, the vehicle was cornered in Biscuit street and the driver was seen opening the door and dropped a firearm.
“The suspects detained on unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and an Astra pistol and 8 rounds seized,” said Colonel Naidu.
All arrested persons are expected to appear in court soon.
Police are warning driver’s to be responsible and not to drive while under the influence of alcohol. With the festive season fast approaching, police will be clamping down on drunken drivers.