KNYSNA NEWS - Knysna police arrested a total of 16 people last weekend and confiscated R90 000 worth of drugs as part of their initiative to curb serious and violent crime in crime-ridden hot spots.
Local police spokesperson Sergeant Chris Spies said illegal drug outlets in and around Mankonkwana Street in Sedgefield, and Nekkies in Knysna were targeted.
Police members conducted search-and-seizure operations in the two identified areas which led to the confiscation of 369 and 737 Mandrax tablets at these residences respectively.
He said other arrests were made after small amounts of tik and Mandrax were found in the possession of the suspects. Most of the arrests were made in the Knysna CBD.
"In addition to the arrests made above, members also arrested 11 suspects for the possession of dangerous weapons during stop-and-search operations, resulting in the confiscation of a machete ('kapmes'), knives and other sharp objects," said Spies.
The station commander Colonel Atwell Metu commended the members involved. He said, "Similar operations will be conducted in our quest to deal with violent crimes, especially crimes against women and children."
Some of the suspects have already appeared in the Knysna Magistrate's Court while others were scheduled to appear later in the week. They are facing various charges ranging from dealing in and possession of drugs and dangerous weapons.
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