POLOKWANE| One thousand six hundred and forty (1640) suspects were arrested during the ongoing joint operations that were conducted across the Province in all five Districts from last week, Sunday 04 until yesterday on Monday 12 September 2022.
The suspects aged between 23 and 40 were arrested for contravention of the Immigration Act, robberies, stock theft, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, theft of the motor vehicle, possession of the suspected stolen property, and dealing and possession of drugs, amongst other offences.
In one of the operations, Thabazimbi Crime Intelligence Unit, Limpopo Highway Patrol and Modimolle K9 Unit arrested three suspects aged between 23 and 32 for dealing and possession of drugs during an intelligence-driven operation conducted in the Thabazimbi policing area.
11 sachets of dagga and 42 sachets of nyaope drugs were also seized during their arrests.
A Foreign National was also nabbed for possession and dealing in drugs at Bendor suburb outside Polokwane. Police received information about a Red VW Polo motor vehicle that was allegedly delivering drugs in the vicinity and immediately commenced the search.
The vehicle matching the description was located while parked at the gate in Hanani Estate, and Police requested permission to search it, and it was granted.
During the search, Police discovered nyaope drugs with an estimated street value of R20,000,00 concealed inside the motor vehicle. The suspect was immediately nabbed for possession and dealing drugs.
Two suspects aged 26 and 34 were arrested along the R101 public road outside Modimolle in connection with the suspected stolen livestock of goats in the Gilead policing area.
The owner of the goats went around searching for the goats at the auctions and found them in Hammanskraal, Gauteng Province. He reportedly confronted the suspects, and they immediately drove off using a white Toyota Hilux bakkie.
Members of the LHP managed to locate the motor vehicle along the said road, and it was cornered, resulting in the two male suspects being arrested for stock theft charges.
2175 counterfeit cigarettes sticks, 585.03 grams of dagga, 10-dagga plants, 431.18 grams of Crystal Meth, 190 grams of Nyaope were seized, including 3 firearms, 817604 ml of the liquor and 10 stolen or robbed motor vehicles recovered during the operations.
The Provincial Commissioner of Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has welcomed the relentless efforts of the men and women in blue to combat crime across the Province following the apprehension of these suspects and seizure of the said items.
The arrested suspects have already started to appear before their local Magistrate’s court.