A 36-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested for possession of 500 mandrax tablets at his Mitchell’s Plain home.
The man, who lives in Friesland Street, Westrdige, was arrested on Saturday after police received a tip-off about drugs being stored at the house.
Police spokesperson Constable Jerome Voegt says the drugs with an estimated street value of R25000 were found hidden in one of the bedrooms.
The suspect will soon appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate Court on charges relating to possession of drugs.
Meanwhile, 416 suspects were arrested on various charges in Mitchell’s Plain this week.
Police officials say a number of operations were conducted in the area since last Monday, leading to the arrests.
Those arrested faced a variety of charges including murder, rape, attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms, domestic violence, possession of drugs and other crimes.
Operations also led to the arrest of 155 people for the possession of drugs during the execution of search warrants at various addresses in Mitchell’s Plain and Strandfontein. Police confiscated 88 heroine units, 198 units of tik, 526 mandrax tablets and 121 dagga stoppe.
On Friday morning, police received a complaint about a shooting at a house in Lindsay Street, Eastridge.
Several shots had been fired through the kitchen window and door.
There were no injuries reported.
Police arrested three suspects, aged 22, 29 and 32, on a charge of attempted murder.
The suspects appeared in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
On Saturday at 13:50, police were doing a routine patrol in Moses Kottler Street, New Woodlands, when officers spotted a man standing near a known drug den.
“The suspect was stopped and searched and found in his possession were eight straws of heroine. A 27-year-old man was arrested. Ten minutes later officers were doing another vehicle patrol in Simonsberg Street, Tafelsig, when they stopped and searched a 34-year-old man. The suspect was found in possession of 10 mandrax tablets,” Voegt adds.
Then police would like to warn people about fraudulent SMS competitions.
“We call on the community to not respond to SMSes informing them that they have won money in a competition that they have not entered. This is an SMS scam and the sender asks the recipient to deposit money or requests them to send airtime vouchers,”Voegt concludes.