10 men arrested for drugs and theft

Items confiscated during arrests.

Woodstock police, with help from the Salt River and Woodstock Improvement Districts and Salt River Neighbourhood Watch, arrested 10 men last week.

On Thursday May 23, Woodstock police arrested three men, after 4pm, for being in possession of stolen property, possession of ammunition without a license, possession of car-breaking tools and theft out of a motor vehicle.

Warrant Officer Hilton Malila from Woodstock police said the arrests occurred after officers followed up on a tip-off abut a suspicious vehicle in Observatory.

“Officers spotted the car and pursued the vehicle which drove in the direction of Voortrekker Road,” he said.

After a short, high-speed chase, the vehicle stopped and police cornered the men and arrested them.

The men were due to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday May 27 on charges related to theft out motor vehicle, possession of ammunition and car breaking implements.

Another four men were arrested by Woodstock police for an attempted business robbery on the morning of Saturday May 24.

Warrant Officer Malila said the Crime Prevention Unit cornered and arrested four men as they were robbing a business in Wesley Business Park.

All four men appeared in Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday May 27.

On the morning of Saturday May 25, police arrested two men for drug possession in the Mascani informal settlement. Warrant Officer Malila said they confiscated 19 mandrax tablets, 48 dagga bankies, three ecstasy tablets, one plastic bank (bankie or bag) filled with tik, four plastic bags filled with cocaine and cash.

Later that evening during a stop-and-search operation, the police also arrested a meter taxi operator on the corners of Durham and Victoria roads, Salt River, for drug possession. The man was in possession of a plastic packet filled with cocaine powder.

All three men appeared in Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on drug-related charges on Monday May 27.