Huge mandrax busts as K-9 and Rural Safety Units make inroads

Huge mandrax busts as K-9 and Rural Safety Units make inroads

The Overstrand, Mossel Bay and Swartland K-9, inclusive of the Rural Safety Units (RSUs) in the Overstrand and Swartland, ensured major breakthroughs in the fight against crime. Between 5 to 19 September 2023, these units with various other municipal law enforcement agencies and the South African Police Service (SAPS), arrested 76 individuals for a number of crimes.

Of these, 43 were apprehended in the Overstrand municipal area, 17 in the Mossel Bay region and 16 in the Swartland.

Amongst others the Overstand arrests included:

  • x1 dealing in drugs,
  • x10 possession of drugs,
  • x5 for possession of dangerous weapons,
  • x3 for possession of West Coast Rock Lobster (WCRL) tails,
  • x4 for the possession of stolen property,
  • x3 attempting to fish without a permit,
  • x1 assault and
  • x12 wanted suspects

 This unit, which also discovered a cannabis laboratory with various paraphernalia, confiscated:

  • x523 WCRL tails,
  • x14 mandrax tablets and
  • x2 knives

 Western Cape Minister of Police Oversight and Community Safety, Reagen Allen said: “The over 7-thousand and more than 300 mandrax tablets discovered in Mossel Bay and the Swartland cannot go unnoticed. It once again demonstrates how important our K-9 and Rural Safety units are in removing items that are drivers of various crimes from our communities. As the Western Cape Government, we want to ensure that our residents do not have to contend with criminals and their illicit operations.”

It is critical that all community members continue to work with and provide information to these units, so that safer environments, where residents can live in dignity may be established across the entire province,” concluded Minister Reagen Allen.

Media Enquiries:
Marcellino Martin
Spokesperson for Minister Reagen Allen
021 483 0103 (o)
082 721 3362 (m)

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