A complaint that members from Bothasig attended on 13 September turned out quite differently than expected.
According to Const Reggie Mars, he and his colleague, Const Jonathan Kriel, were called out to a residence in Bothasig to attend a complaint in progress of malicious damage to property.
They hastened to the scene but when they arrived, the matter between family members had been resolved. Although a door had been damaged, nobody wanted to lay charges.
The members mentioned that they had to enter the residence via a back door as the front one was not in use. When they went around the house they found a Wendy house at the back with dagga plants in pots next to it, but first attended to the malicious damage as priority. When that matter was settled they enquired about the person living in the Wendy house. The person who damaged the door indicated that he stayed there and indicated that the plants were his.
According to him he did not know that cultivating dagga was illegal. The 29 year old suspect, who had been arrested by members from Bothasig on drug charges before, was arrested on a charge of possession of dagga and he and his plants were detained at SAPS Bothasig. The suspect has appeared in Goodwood court.
Lt Col Jacobs praised the eagle eyed members for being so observant and doing their best to assist in the fight against drugs.
On the evening of 15 September an undercover crime prevention operation under the command of Bothasig SAPS Station Commander, Lt Col Patrick Jacobs, yielded good results when two males, aged 18 and 22 years, were arrested for dealing in drugs and being in possession of drugs. Both suspects are residents of Richwood.
The initial arrests were for dealing, but when the premises of the suspects were searched, it was found that they were also in possession of drugs which was not used in the selling process. A large quantity of dagga as well as a smaller quantity of magic mushrooms was seized by police. The street value of the drugs taken is approximately twenty thousand rand.
Both suspects appeared in Goodwood court on 19 September.
During the operation, SAPS Bothasig was supported by members from SAPS Parow, Bellville and the K9 Unit.
On 17 September a Saturday afternoon turned out way different as expected for two drug dealers when the long arm of Bothasig police caught up with them.
Lt Col Patrick Jacobs explained that information was received from the community regarding drug dealing and as a result thereof he set up an undercover crime prevention operation to try to arrest the dealers.
During the afternoon a meeting was set up with the suspects with the result that a 25 and 36 year old male were arrested for dealing in drugs and being in possession of drugs in Welgemeend St, Kleinbosch. Both suspects are residents of Kensington.
A large quantity of dagga with an estimated value of fifteen thousand rand was seized by police. The late model vehicle which was used by the suspects was also seized by police. Lt Col Jacobs indicated that he will apply to have the vehicle forfeited to the State as it was used in the commission of an offence. Both are due to appear in Goodwood court.
During the operation, SAPS Bothasig was supported by members from the local community. The estimated street value of drugs seized by Bothasig police during the last two operations amounts to thirty five thousand rand.
Lt Col Jacobs thank the community for the information that was relayed to Bothasig police which attributed to the success of this operation as a result of their involvement.
He again invited members from the community to relay any information they have concerning illegal drug activities in the Bothasig precinct to the Crime Intelligence office at SAPS Bothasig on 021 559 9400. All information shared with this office will be dealt with in a confidential manner.