North West – A disruptive operation involving members of the Hawks in North West, Priority Violent Crime, Crime Intelligence and Potchefstroom K9 unit resulted in the arrest of seven suspects for illegal possession of firearms, possession of drugs and for being in illegal possession of explosives on Friday.
The officers acted on a tip off about a man who was suspected to be in possession of firearms. When the men of law pounced on a 23-year-old man, two (2) short guns, one (1) pistol and 150 live rounds of a short gun were found in the boot of his vehicle. He will appear before the Potchefstroom Magistrate’s Court facing charges of Illegal Possession of Firearm.
The operation went further to arrest a 27-year-old Nigerian man and an18-year-old local woman after they were found to be in possession of drugs. They will both appear before the Klerksdorp Magistrate Court on charges possession of drugs.
Hawks members, Priority Crime, the Crime Intelligence and K9 unit members were not done for the day as they went on to arrest another four men aged between 26 and 34 for being in possession of explosives. The quartet will be in the dock at the Potchefstroom Magistrate’s Court.
All suspects will appear in court on Monday, 30 January 2017.
The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in North West Major General Mbana said the Hawks are determined to remove all illegal firearms from the society. She praised members of the community who work hand in hand with the police and provide credible evidence which led to the arrest of the suspects. “We can win the war against all sorts of crimes if the community work with the law enforcement agencies. Criminals must be warned that we are out to get them”, she said.