Four arrested in Woodstock

Drugs seized by Woodstock police.

Police arrested three suspected hijackers in Woodstock on Saturday night.

According to the police, Salt River Neighbourhood Watch patrollers and a police officer had apprehended two men who had been seen near a silver VW Polo in Bowden Street. The patrollers had found an imitation gun in the Polo.

Woodstock police spokesman, Sergeant Hilton Malila, said the two suspects had been on their way to the police station for questioning when a report had come in about a hijacking in Searle Street. A motorist had been assaulted and robbed at gunpoint of his white VW Jetta by three men.

At the police station, the motorist identified the men as two of the hijackers.

The Jetta was later recovered at the Observatory railway station, and a third suspect was arrested.

The suspects, aged 23, 25 and 28, are in police custody, facing charges of armed robbery and the possession of stolen vehicle.

Police arrested a suspected drug dealer in Woodstock early on Friday and seized cocaine tik and other drugs worth about R50 000.

According to Sergeant Malila, neighbourhood watch members and a police officer pulled over a car in Lowley Street and learnt from the occupants that they were waiting to do a drug deal.

That information led them to a maroon Nissan Almera in Chamberlain Street, where the driver, a 38-year-old Maitland man, was allegedly found with a plastic bag with three packets of cocaine inside.

Twenty packets of cocaine, weighing 28 grams; five smaller packets of cocaine; five packets of cat; six MDNA tablets; five packets of tik, weighing at 7 grams; 19 rocks and cash were seized.