The South African Police Service (SAPS) anti-gang unit in the Western Cape conducted successful raids in Plumstead, Cape Town on Friday.
Police seized drugs, a firearm and R51,000 in cash from two premises in the suburb arresting four suspects in the process.
The suspects were charged with possession of a prohibited firearm as well as the possession as sale of illicit drugs.
“In a targeted raid, AGU members with much-needed intelligence pounced on two residences in Plumstead. In one dwelling in Normandly Village, police members arrested three suspects aged 33, 35 and 36 for possession of a prohibited firearm, ammunition and dealing in drugs,” police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said in a statement to the press.
Police listed the confiscated items from one of the properties as 370 Ecstacy tablets, 34 live rounds of 9mm firearm ammunition, three 9mm firearm magazines and a Vector Z88 firearm as well as documents tracking illicit transactions.
A raid at another premises located in Gull Road in Southfield arresting a 36-year-old man for possession and sale of drugs. Police claim the man was found to have 1,544 ecstasy tablets and a significant amount of Marijuana, the sale of which remains illegal in South Africa despite the decriminalization of the plant by the ConCourt.
SAPS are currently investigating further charges against the men based on information gained in the raid.
“All arrested suspects will appear in court on Tuesday. Further investigations into whether the suspects could be linked to other crime continue.
“The unrelenting efforts of the Unit are commended by SAPS management in creating safety within Cape Town communities,” Potelwa added.
The Anti-Gang Unit was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa and Police Minister Bheki Cele in November 2018 in response to skyrocketing gang violence in the Western Cape.
The Unit claim arrest numbers in the hundreds including two of its own members in December 2018.