Anti-Gang Unit makes arrests in Cape Town

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

The vigilance and swift response from members attached to the Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) Combat Team has landed several suspects behind bars for possession of unlicensed and prohibited firearms, and illegal possession of ammunition and drugs.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) on Monday said members deployed in the Belhar precinct in Cape Town descended on a premises in Adam Tas Avenue, based on information received, and conducted a search for illegal firearms.

“This resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old man for the possession of a prohibited firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. A CZ75 pistol, with the serial number filled off, and 12 rounds of ammunition were found in possession of the suspect,” the SAPS said.

Meanwhile, a 35-year-old man from Forest Village was arrested for the illegal possession of ammunition after he was found with a magazine and five rounds of ammunition.

“In another incident, members gathered information from different sources about a shooting that recently took place. A follow-up was conducted regarding the use of the firearm, which led to the arrest of a 33-year-old man, who was found in possession of a 9mm pistol and nine 9mm rounds of ammunition at a premises in Liesbeek Way,” the police said.

The suspect was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

The team also discovered a .38 Special revolver, with the serial number removed, in the possession of a 16-year-old suspect after a thorough search was conducted at a premises in Mevede Street.

The suspect was arrested for possession of a prohibited firearm.

In addition, a search and seizure operation was conducted aimed to confiscate illegal drugs and ammunition in the area.

This led to the arrest of a 24-year-old male, who possessed 50 whole mandrax tablets and 19 sachets containing tik, 10 calibre rounds of ammunition and R640 in cash.

The suspect was apprehended for dealing in drugs and illegal possession of ammunition.

“During a tracing operation of wanted persons, the members arrested a 37-year-old man, who was wanted for an attempted murder case reported at Belhar SAPS in May this year.

“The suspects are expected to appear in the Bellville and Blue Downs Magistrates court soon on mentioned charges,” the police said. –