Car chase in Kuils River leads to Cops finding 82 parcels of Dagga
On Sunday 26 August 2012, members of the Metro Police K9 Unit were conducting patrols on the R300 before the Van Riebeeck Road turn-off in Kuils River when they noticed a white light delivery vehicle driving recklessly.
“The driver continually changed lanes when he noticed the Metro Police vehicle, so officers pulled the vehicle over. They found 82 parcels of dagga in two black bags in the back of the bakkie. Both occupants, a 42 year-old man and a 49 year-old woman were arrested for possession of illegal narcotics and taken to the Kuils River Police Station for detention until their court appearance,” said Metro Police Deputy Chief, Yolanda Faro.
During a roadblock on Baden Powell Drive in Muizenberg later that day, officers arrested five drunk drivers and one motorists for possession of illegal narcotics after he was found with three dagga ‘stoppe’. Later, one of the Metro Police Officers pulled over a motorist for using a cellphone while driving. The officer requested the cellphone so that he could record its serial number and, when the driver handed it to him; he noticed that a packet of tik was attached to it. The motorist was arrested on charges of possession of illegal narcotics and fined for using a cellphone while driving. In addition, officers issued 26 traffic fines to the value of R12 100, 00 during the roadblock.
On Saturday evening, 25 August 2012, officers arrested two motorists in Atlantis and one motorist in Bellville South – all on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Three drunk drivers were arrested during a roadblock in Milnerton on Friday evening, 24 August 2012. Later that evening, one motorist was arrested in Bothasig and another three in Durbanville for the same offence.
Meanwhile, four suspects were arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol during a joint operation with the South African Police Services on Modderdam Road in Bellville, while in Woodstock officers arrested six drunk drivers.
In Atlantis, officers arrested one suspect on multiple charges: possession of illegal narcotics (after he was found with dagga), malicious damage to property, and resisting arrest. Another two suspects were arrested for possession of illegal narcotics after they were found with dagga.
Eight motorists were arrested in Lwandle and seven in Gugulethu – all on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.
In commemoration of Women’s Month, female officers and staff of the City’s Metro Police, Traffic Services, and 107 Public Emergency Communication Centre; along with female members of the South African Police Services (Somerset West), Provincial Traffic Services, the Somerset West Community Policing Forum, the Somerset West Neighbourhood Watch and the Somerset West Crime Watch held a joint roadblock on the R102, opposite the weighbridge in Somerset West.
The women distributed licence disc holders and pamphlets on domestic violence, safety tips for children, crime awareness, and the use of the 107 emergency number. Each agency focused on its specific mandate and complemented each other’s roles well. Officers stopped 80 vehicles and issued 21 traffic fines for the following offences:
- 1 for an unlicensed vehicle
- 1 for faulty brakes
- 2 for failure to wear a safety belt
- 3 for overloading
- 1 discontinuation notice
“The aim of this roadblock was to ensure driver and vehicle fitness and to increase law enforcement visibility and public safety in the area. At the same time, it sought to forge partnerships between female officers from the different safety and security agencies in the area, to enhance safety awareness during and beyond Women’s Month, and to highlight the role that women law enforcers play in a male-dominated environment,” said Deputy Chief Faro.
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