More than 40 arrested in Moot cluster

Presented as written by Kayla van Petegem, journalist at Rekord Moot:

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The Tshwane east policing cluster had a busy past weekend, arresting 43 people for offences ranging from operating liquor outlets without a licence and driving under the influence of alcohol to possession and dealing in drugs and carrying unlicensed firearms.

Eersterust police spokesperson Sergeant Sam Shibambo said 17 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

He said four liquor outlets were closed down and their stock confiscated after they were found to be operating without a licence.

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Shibambo said other arrests were made in precincts that fell within the cluster – Bronkhorstspruit, Cullinan, Ekangala, Eesterust, Welbekend, Kameeldrift, Mamelodi East, Mamelodi West and Sinoville police stations.

He said a man and a woman were arrested in different sections of Ekangala township for dealing in drugs.

“In the first incident, a woman in her 30s was arrested at her home in section B Ekangala after she was found in possession of 38 packets of Nyaope,” he said.

“Forty minutes later, a man was arrested for dealing and being in possession of drugs in the same area. This was after he was found in possession of 149 packets of Nyaope.”

Shibambo said two others were arrested for being in possession of unlicensed firearms.

In the first incident, the suspect threw away the firearm when he saw the police and climbed a tree in Moses Avenue, Eersterust, he said.

“He was arrested after the police pleaded with him to come down,” he said.

In a second incident, the police stopped a red Volkswagen Golf in Mamelodi east after receiving information that the occupants were armed.

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“Upon searching the vehicle the police found an unlicensed firearm and arrested all three occupants,” he said.

The suspects arrested for minor offences were released on a warning while those arrested for serious offences were detained at various police stations in the district, Shibambo added.

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