Dec 17, 2018The SAPS National Intervention Unit and Tactical Response Team deployed to the Northern areas of Port Elizabeth for the next three months are making a dent to gang-related criminality in the area.”This weekend, the NIU and TRT members have conducted several disruptive operations in the areas of Gelvandale and Bethelsdorp,” said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.”Several alleged drug posts were searched, suspects arrested and drugs confiscated.”She said that on Saturday, at about 13:00, the team acted on information received of drugs and possible firearms at a house in Lawler Street in Shauderville, Port Elizabeth.”On searching the house, police seized 57 mandrax tablets, 34 packets of tik, 43 live rounds of ammunition, 98 Purata tablets, 903 mandrax tablets and 23 small packets of cocaine,” Col Naidu said.”A safe was also confiscated by police. The safe contained various items of watches and jewellery.”A 43-year-old male suspect was arrested and detained on charges of dealing in drugs, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of suspected stolen property.”On Saturday evening, at about 19:15, once again acting on information, the team swooped in on a shack at a taxi rank in Shauderville.A total of 88 rolls of dagga, compressed dagga (almost 1kg), three sachets of tik, suspected cocaine (4.5g) , cash and knives were confiscated.SAPS intervention teams in Northern Areas squeezing space for gangs”A 23-year-old male was arrested and detained for dealing in drugs.”Col Naidu said that both suspects will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on their respective cases.”On Sunday, the members responded to information received that the community recovered a homemade firearm from suspected gang members in Timothy Valley in Bethelsdorp,” she added.”It is alleged that the gang members and community were in an altercation and while being chased, one of them dropped the firearm while fleeing. The firearm was found in the front yard of a house in Romania Street. No arrests was made, however, police have opened an enquiry docket.”SAPS Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, has vowed that these disruptive actions will be the “order of the day” during this festive season and beyond.”Drugs and the illegal possession of firearms are our main contributors to serious and violent crimes. We thank the community for volunteering information about illegal activities and we urge them to continue to give us information. Together we will rid society of these drug lords and cripple their trade. We will not tolerate their illegal activities in our neighbourhoods,” added Lt Gen Ntshinga.Follow more RNEWS articles, subscribe to our YouTube channel and for breaking news LIKE us on Facebook.