Fed up about the scourge of drugs in the area, Phoenix SAPS, Community Policing Forum (CPF), Religious Forum and members of the community picketed outside a drug den in Westham area following the arrest of three drug dealers, last Friday.
Phoenix Drug Task Team members assisted by the Community Policing Forum, religious leaders and the local community had conducted a clean-up operation in the area which was aimed at eliminating the drug trade in the Phoenix policing precinct.
During the operation, the trio, aged between 25 and 39, were arrested and charged for possession of drugs.
Police recovered a total of 1010 mandrax tablets, 78 ecstacy, 319 heroin capsules and 300 litres of cocaine.
A 25-year-old suspect was found with 119 capsules of heroin, a 39-year-old woman was found in possession of 78 ecstacy, 40 mandrax tablets and a 26-year-old suspect was found in possession of 970 mandrax tablets, 200 capsules of heroin and 300 litres of cocaine.
Triggered by the arrests, the group picketed peacefully outside the suspects’ residence with placards, voicing their concerns about drug trade in the area and discouraging youth against drug abuse.
Phoenix CPF chairman, Umesh Singh, said the placard demonstration was held to emphasize the seriousness of this scourge and to send a strong message to dealers.
He reiterated that drug-related crimes continue to sour despite all action and called on members of the community to stand united to fight all forms of crime which affect them on a daily basis.
Singh said the community of Phoenix, together with faith-based organisations and other stakeholders, have joined hands in the fight against drugs and urged community members to rise up against drugs by working with law enforcement and blow the whistle.
He said if they community do not rise, they will be allowing drug dealers to act with impunity. When asked about the rumours of police officers who are on the payroll of drug dealers, Singh said these rumours are just hearsay at the moment.
“We would like people to come up with something concrete so that the necessary action can be taken against the perpetrators. If there are rotten eggs within the station, they must be weeded out,” he said.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokeswoman, Col Thembeka Mbhele, commended the joint efforts that led to the arrest of the three drug dealers and said their involvement in the operation shows that the community is determined to fight criminal activities this festive season.
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