Seven arrested for unlicensed firearm and counterfeit cigarettes

GROBLERSDAL – Police said these were manifested during intelligence led-joint-operations composed of various units that were running until Tuesday 13 February morning in different areas.

According to police they have during a week of heightened activities apprehended more than 501 suspects aged between 19 and 61 years-old.

Lt Colonel Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said the suspects were arrested for various offences varying from assault GBH, possession of dagga, house breaking, theft, drunken driving, armed robbery, murder, rape to possession of illegal firearm, in all clusters, especially crime infested areas.

Ngoepe said in the Groblersdal cluster, seven suspects aged between 31 and 40 years-old were arrested for possession of a firearm without license and possession of counterfeit cigarettes.

He said police recovered two cellphones, a Plasma TV, a firearm, 730×20s Black and White cigarettes, 400×20s Rainbow cigarettes, 860×20s RG cigarettes and a stolen car during the arrest.

Ngoepe said in Burgersfort cluster, a suspect aged 36 year-old was arrested for possession of drugs and police recovered 50 sachets of Nyaope, 80 sachets of dagga and a stolen car during his arrest.

In Mahwelereng cluster, two suspects aged 23 and 25 years-old were arrested for possession of suspected stolen properties including five boots, four overalls, two machine lights, an HP printer and adapter cable, a 60m and a 5m measuring tapes, two hake saws and a grey Uno motor vehicle which were recovered during their arrest.

Cellphones, Nyaope, drugs, computers five firearms, ammunition and magazines, laptops, cash, a tractor, dagga, house breaking equipment and four cars were recovered in the intelligence led-joint operation in Mankweng, Thohoyandou, Makhado, Modimolle, Westernburg, Tzaneen, Lephalale and Seshego clusters whereby 54 suspects aged between 21 and 46 years-old were arrested.

In Maake policing area outside Tzaneen, a suspect was arrested while selling Nyaope in Lenyenye and TVs as well as drugs were recovered during the suspect’s arrest.

Ngoepe concluded all arrested suspects have started appearing before different magistrates courts around the province.

Police investigations in all cases are still ongoing.

Thapelo Motseo

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