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K9 NTU is on the roll

The Department of Public Safety calls on the public to continue in the joined effort of fighting the war against drugs and crime, and come forward with information and tip-offs.

SINCE the launch of the re-energised JMPD’s K9 Narcotics Tactical Unit (K9 NTU) on November 21, the unit has been raking in successes.

K9 NTU went straight to work after the launch ceremony and a whopping 38 arrests have been reported in a short space of four days.

• 18 arrests for dealing or possession of illicit substances (drugs, dagga, etc.)

• 20 arrests for cases relating to hijacking, robberies, assault, unlicensed firearms, fraud and in possession of stolen vehicles or goods

• Over 7.7kg of drugs and dagga seized

• Seven hijacked or stolen vehicles recovered

• Five unlicensed firearms recovered

• Large amounts of cash, watches and electronics were also seized and recovered.

The suspects arrested and goods seized have been handed over to the SAPS for further prosecution, and the Department of Public Safety will keep a close eye on the cases reported.

City of Johannesburg MMC for Public Safety, Clr Michael Sun said, “I am highly impressed at the speed and success that K9 NTU is achieving. The unit is taking an unprecedented victory and the City of Johannesburg is now finally gaining an upper hand in this war against crime.”

The street value of the drugs seized is estimated at over R100 000. These life-wrecking drugs have been stopped dead in their tracks and will now not find their way into the neighbourhoods.

MMC Sun said, “Some of the successful busts are as a direct result of community involvement. The residents of Johannesburg must be proud of this momentous victory. While we celebrate this early success, we must not be fooled to believe that this war is over. There is still much work to be done.”

The Department of Public Safety calls on the public to continue in the joint effort of fighting the war against drugs and crime and to come forward with information and tip-offs.

 

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