Police intensify fight against drugs

Cape Town Central police are clamping down on drugs in the city centre, arresting more than 100 people for drug-related incidents in the past week.

From Monday May 7 until Friday May 11, police arrested 61 people for possession of drugs such as dagga, mandrax, heroin, tik and unga.

Theysubsequently arrested another 43 people during the weekend, from Friday May 11 until Monday May 14, for possession of tik, unga, dagga, mandrax pills and mandrax powder near Old Marine Drive and Strand, Darling, Castle and Tennant streets.

They had also arrested 19 people for drug-related crime in Hope, Long, Strand, Napier, Hout, Penz, Wale, Selkirk, Chapel, Rose, Constitution and Bloemhof streets, as well as Signal Hill Drive between Friday May 4 and Saturday May 5.

* Eighteen people were arrested for shoplifting in Adderley, Strand, Long Street and Mill streets from Monday May 7 until Sunday May 13.

* Three people were arrested last week for being in possession of dangerous weapons, including one explosive flare. Seven people were also arrested for being in possession of suspected stolen property.

* On Thursday May 10, Cape Town Central police arrested three men for burgling a business in Castle Street where they allegedly took bags and clothing.

* On Friday May 4, Cape Town Central police arrested a man accused of rape at a block of flats in Buitenkant Street.

The man had apparently been in the same club as the victim and offered to pay her taxi fare.

They went inside the man’s flat and that’s when the woman was allegedly raped.

* On Saturday May 5, police arrested a man for robbery on the corner of Harrington and Darling streets The man had grabbed someone’s phone and ran away.

The victim screamed for help and a nearby security guard called for backup that led to the arrest of the man. The victim was able to identify her cellphone, which was recovered by the police.