Wednesday, 02 December 2020
Bloemfontein: More than 280 people and 54 firearms confiscated during the festive season operation throughout the province from the 25 November to 01 December 2020.
Free State police members hit the ground running after the National launch of the Safer Festive season operations. Within the arrests made, five (5) suspects were arrested for murder, three (3) for rape and 22 for possession of suspected stolen goods.
Different calibers of firearms were confiscated during searches throughout the province, with more than 50 ammunition pieces, 27115 grams of dagga, 254 full mandrax tablets, 19.4 grams of Chrystal meth and 7 vehicles.
These resulted in the arrest of 283 suspects.
Second hand goods premises and liquor outlets were visited including taverns and unregistered alcohol traders. 605 contravention of liquor act fines were issued and 881 332 liters of liquor were confiscated.
During the operation it was discovered that there has been an increase in the number of burglaries at private homes and businesses as well as robberies and assault with grievous bodily harm.
The Police urge community members to report any illegal act to their nearest police station or contact crime stop line 08600 10111.