The effort of the police to fight the proliferation of illegal and unlicensed firearms produce positive results as they arrested one man and recovered four firearms with ammunition at Tsakane on 10 January.
The law enforcement team comprising of Provincial Task Team, Flying Squad, Sedibeng K9, Katlehong Task Team and JMPD operationalised intelligence driven information about a man in possession of unlicensed firearms at Khuthuza hostel in Thokoza.
A tactical takedown was swiftly conducted at the place and the identified room was searched. The police found three firearms; a shotgun, AK-47 and Uzi machine gun, all hidden inside a bag under the bed. One suspect aged 21 years old was arrested. The police further seized another firearm at Bayafuthi hostel in Katlehong, which also reportedly belong to the same suspect.
All four firearms are not licensed and will be subjected to ballistic testing to establish if they have not been used to commit other crimes and the suspect will also be profiled for for linkage to other cases.
He is expected to appear before Tsakane Magistrates’ court soon on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms.