Residents encouraged to blow the whistle on drug activity

The drugs which were seized during the bust in Shallcross.

The Chatsworth SAPS has established an informer network and guarantees anonymity to residents and appeals to residents to blow the whistle on drug activity following a drug bust where police seized drugs worth R200, 000, in Shallcross, last Friday.

According to communications officer of the Chatsworth SAPS, Cpt Cheryl Pillay, police seized 7900 straws of heroin and 497 mandrax tablets which was found outside of the flats in Table Mountain Street.

“This seizure of drugs followed after police received information from an informant. The drugs seized will be forwarded for forensic analysis,” she said.

Acting station commander of the Chatsworth SAPS, Col Krish Nair, commended the police officers for the substantial amount of drugs seized.

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“It is important to recognise that there is no single cause of crime in South Africa. At the same time, different types of crime have different root causes, and hence, require different approaches to prevention. The abuse of narcotics also generates higher levels of criminality and violence,” said Cpt Pillay. 

Chatsworth SAPS has adopted two approaches to addressing the issue of drugs in the Chatsworth policing precinct, namely crime prevention through apprehension of perpetrators in terms of Act 140 of 1992 and through social crime prevention initiatives.

“Police require adequate crime information in respect of illicit drug activity for the effective investigation and prosecution of organised crime syndicates,” said Cpt Pillay.

The social crime prevention strategy is aimed at sustainable prevention by engaging various role-players such as the Department of Education, Department of Justice, Correctional Services, Department of Social development, Welfare (Youth at Risk Committee), Safety and Security, Home Affairs, Health, Provincial Education authorities and NGOs.

The Chatsworth SAPS has established an Anti-Drug Forum to address root causes of crime and to implement strategies to address this crime. The programmes adopted are the Diversion for Minor Offenders and school bases education against crime. These programmes align itself with the Drug Master Plan.

For more information, contact visible policing commander, Col  Trevor Small on 031 451-4282 or Cpt Cheryl Pillay on 031 451-4372.

 

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Yoshini Perumal
Journalist

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