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Rapid response operations nab 196 suspects

The arrests follow intensified operations across the province

Intensified operations by members of various rapid response units resulted in the arrest of 196 suspects as well as the recovery of 69 vehicles and 16 firearms.

The operation took place from November 25 to December 1 and included members from the Flying Squad, K9 Units and Highway Patrol throughout Gauteng.

Concentrated operations such as vehicle checkpoints, secure escorts and intensive patrols led to the arrest of 109 suspects for alleged crimes relating to murder, assault with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm, rape, shoplifting, theft, possession of stolen property, tampering with essential infrastructure, robbery, housebreaking, domestic violence and contravention of court orders.

“Officers managed to recover stolen and hijacked vehicles, arresting 19 suspects for being in possession of these vehicles,” said Warrant Officer Grant Giblin, spokesperson for the Benoni Flying Squad.

“Through continued efforts, 57 arrests were made on charges of being in possession of drugs. Heroin, dagga, Mandrax, crystal methamphetamine and cocaine were confiscated in separate incidents.”

Investigations are continuing and the suspects will be appearing in various courts across the province.

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