Drugs, weapons found in Orkney roadblock

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Lentswe, Orkney - Twelve of the people arrested at a roadblock near Orkney do not have South African identity documents and are suspected to be involved in illegal mining in the area.

One of the firearms found in their possession belonged to a security guard that was murdered at a local mine in July.

The roadblock was held on Friday night 27 September as part of the police’s effort to curb crime in the area with the ongoing Zama-Zama activities.

According to Col Adéle Myburgh, NW police spokesperson, the 12 men aged between 22 and 52 were arrested after a white bakkie was stopped and searched.

“Three firearms were found in the vehicle during the search. They were all charged with possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.’’

Preliminary investigations revealed that the second firearm was reportedly stolen from a security guard in August 2019 at an Eskom premises in Orkney.

The third firearm was licensed in East London but it seems the owner passed away.

The suspects appeared in court on Monday 30 September.

The case was postponed to Tuesday 8 October.

In another vehicle stop at the roadblock, police discovered 12 bricks of cocaine with an estimated street value of R30 000.

Three men, aged 20 to 33 years old, were arrested. They also appeared in court and were released on bail of R800 each.