The police arrested another 871 suspects as part of their ongoing weekly operations conducted between the 25th of April and the 3rd of May.

Members of the Limpopo Highway Patrol Team (LHP) were patrolling around the R37 road in the Mecklenburg policing area when they came across a white Nissan NP200 bakkie parked in the middle of the road next to Mathule cross with the lights on and the engine running.

The officers stopped to investigate and found one male occupant. He started insulting the officers when they requested that he move the vehicle to the side of the road. Upon further inspection it was discovered that the individual was drunk and in possession of alcohol inside the motor vehicle.

Police asked the driver to step outside the vehicle but he refused until minimum force was used and during the squabble, the suspect assaulted one member while resisting arrest.

Subsequently, the officers managed to arrest the suspect who is currently facing charges of driving under influence of alcohol, assault on Police and resisting arrest. The 41-year old suspect was later identified as a member of the Police service stationed at Burgersfort K9 Unit.

Meanwhile, a 38 year-old foreign national was arrested in Monsterlus village under Sekhukhune District for allegedly being in possession of illicit cigarettes. Police received information about a supermarket at Moratiwa complex and quickly rushed to the premises. Upon arrival, the manager of the store introduced himself and granted permission to search.

Police discovered 89 cartons containing Yes and Remington Gold cigarettes which were concealed inside the store. The manager was immediately arrested for being in possession of illicit cigarettes worth an estimated street value of R9 700.00.

Four suspects aged between 23 and 30 were arrested in Sebayeng policing area for attempted murder, possession of suspected stolen property, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Police received information about the suspects who were at Nel’s tavern and upon arrival found the suspects seated inside a silver Toyota Yaris motor vehicle.

The vehicle was searched and one unlicensed firearm with ammunition, cigarettes, a box of MAQ washing powder, vanilla custards and body lotions valued at R10 000 suspected to be stolen property from a local shop, were confiscated during their arrests.

Members of Provincial Organized Crime in cooperation with Crime Intelligence were monitoring a syndicate dealing in drugs at a rental flat in Tarentaal, South Gate outside Polokwane.

An intelligence driven operation was conducted resulting in the arrest of a 38 year-old foreign national on possession of Kat and Crystal meth charges. The drugs were worth an estimated street value of R80 000.

Another milestone was achieved on the 28th of April at around 14:00 when members of the Flying Squad received a tip-off about a male suspect who was selling drugs in the Polokwane CBD at the corner of Jorisson and Compensatie streets and proceeded to the scene.

A 26 year-old male suspect was spotted and Police asked to search him and discovered 81 sachets of nyaope drugs with a street value of R15 000, and R50 000 in cash believed to be gained for selling the drugs.

The suspects have already started appearing in their local Magistrate courts facing charges that include murder, robberies, rape, driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, possession of suspected stolen property, Contravention of Immigration Act, possession and dealing in drugs, resisting arrest, possession of suspected stolen properties and illicit cigarettes amongst other offences.

During these operations Police seized large number of counterfeit cigarettes, dangerous weapons, large quantities of dagga, dagga plants, quantities of crack cocaine, some Crystal Meth, Nyaope, four firearms, large quantities of liquor, 17 knives and one stolen vehicle was recovered. A total of 845 fines were also issued.