Friday, September 26, 2008

City nails Drug kingpin on Heritage Day

By Mishkah Anthony
25 September 2006

While most Capetonians were celebrating Heritage Day, the City of Cape Town’s substance abuse unit swooped on a suspected drug dealer in Milnerton, arresting one of the city’s leading drug suppliers.

The unit confiscated nearly R270 000 worth of drugs and about R4 000 in cash, which were found in his possession.

"This major breakthrough is due to the commitment and hard work by the City’s substance abuse unit, supported by the South African Police Service," says Glen Kleinsmith, head of the political oversight team.

With the help of SAPS, the substance abuse task team is intensifying its efforts to hit at the source of drug supplies. Improved co-ordination is paying off and more drug dealers are being arrested and their drugs being confiscated.

Kleinsmith says the Cape Metropole is under siege especially in areas such as Manenberg, Athlone, Mitchells Plain, Atlantis, Delft, Macassar, Elsies River, Bellville South and Steenberg.
"Areas such as Hout Bay and Milnerton are also suffering from the onslaught of teen addiction. Substance abuse was so rife at one high school, that the task teams was called to raid 12 classrooms and search all 540 learners."

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