SAPS seize 1300 bottles of suspected stolen liquor in Kraaifontein
SAPS Kraaifontein affirmed their commitment to enforcing lockdown regulations with a brace of arrests this week in the Cape Town suburb.
South African Police Service (SAPS) operations in Cape Town have netted a big find of suspected stolen alcohol and drugs in Scottsdene, Kraaifontein.
Kraaifontein arrested a 46-year-old female for possession of presumed stolen property as well as dealing in liquor and drugs.
The woman was also charged with contravention of the Disaster Management Act when she was arrested on the morning of 30 April 2020.
SAPS seize 1300 bottles of liquor
Police seized more than 1300 bottles of liquor, an unspecified amount of the methamphetamine (tik), and around R40,000 in cash.
“To ensure that offenders of the law are brought to book, members of Kraaifontein SAPS arrested a 46-year-old female for possession of presumed stolen property, dealing in liquor and drugs as well as the contravention of the Disaster Management Act on the morning of 30 April 2020,” SAPS spokesperson Captain Jackson Manatha said.
“The suspect was arrested after an intelligence-driven operation led members to Buiten Crescent, Scottsdene, Kraaifontein where more than 1300 bottles of liquor were confiscated worth about R200 000-00. Tik and over R40 000-00 in cash were also seized.”
The 46-year-old suspect is expected to appear in court on Monday 4 May 2020.
Cigarette sellers arrested
In another case, in the same Cape Town suburb, a man was arrested for selling cigarettes in Brighton Road, Kraaifontein.
The 35-year-old male was found in possession of more than 2000 boxes of cigarettes, the close to R2000 in cash he was carrying at the time has also been confiscated.
Captain Manatha added: “In an unrelated matter on the same day, Kraaifontein members arrested a 35-year-old male for selling cigarettes in contravention of the Disaster Management Act in Brighton Road, Kraaifontein. More than 2000 packets of cigarettes and almost R2000 were confiscated.”
The 35-year-old man will also appear in court on Monday, according to Captain Manatha.
The SAPS have asked for the continued cooperation of the general public in enforcing lockdown regulations.
Prohibition creates opportunity for organised crime
Lockdown regulations prohibiting the sale of both cigarettes and alcohol have created a lucrative underground market, and there are fears that this could create a fresh revenue stream for organised crime.
The ban on the sale of cigarettes had been set to be lifted at stage four of the lockdown until a sudden about face from government on the issue.
It remains unclear when the respective bans will be lifted, even as representatives of the liquor and Tabacco industries mount legal challenges against the prohibition.