Multiple arrests as Margate police clamp down on drugs and alcohol

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SAPS STATEMENT:

On Thursday, 12 November 2020 at about 18:30, the Margate Crime Prevention and Rapid Response team conducted stop and search operations at Margate Taxi Rank where six males aged between 25 and 39 were arrested and charged for possession of a dangerous weapon as well as dealing in drugs such as heroin, crystal meth and cocaine.

In another separate success on Saturday, 14 November, Margate Crime Prevention held a joint operation with members from Ugu District Operational Command Centre (OCC) which focused on liquor outlets and drugs.

Two men, aged 24 and 33, were arrested for selling liquor without a license. The liquor was seized by police. Both suspects paid a fine and were released.

Police acted on intelligence and proceeded to the Margate pavilion on the same day where a 41-year-old foreign national was arrested. He was found in possession of 30 pieces of rock and a parcel of cocaine.

He was charged for dealing in drugs and appeared in the Ramsgate Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 16 November 2020 and the matter was remanded to 20 November. He remains in police custody.

Ugu District Commissioner, Major General Sethenya Nxamagele, warns the public that further operations throughout the district will take place to eradicate illegal liquor sales and drug peddling.

Her office will readily assist police precincts requiring additional support in reducing criminal elements in local communities. She commended Margate SAPS for their constant proactive policing methods.

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