Members of the cluster stations, Pietermaritzburg, Mountain Rise and Alexandra Road police had embarked on the operation which resulted in 73 arrests.
Suspects had been arrested in connection with robberies, the theft of motor vehicles, possession of drugs and dealing in drugs, possession of unlicensed firearms and other crimes in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.
Major Thulani Zwane said during the operation, police recovered dagga, cocaine and ecstasy to the total value of R40 000; two 9mm pistols; computers; a TV; fridge and other stolen goods to the total value of R100 000.
“The recovered firearms will be taken to ballistics to ascertain if it was used in any commission of crime in the country. The arrested suspects appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates’ Court,” said Zwane.
In a separate operation, the Durban flying squad narcotics team arrested a 22-year-old man in possession of 203 straws of heroin with the street value of R6 090 in the Chatsworth area.
Zwane said the man was arrested while he was driving along Unity Avenue after he was searched and found with alleged proceeds of drug trade.
“He was then taken to Bayview police station for detention and charged for possession of drugs. He will appear in Chatsworth Magistrates’ Court soon,” said Zwane.
Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said the various arrests indicated that police had adopted a zero tolerance approach in the fight against crime this festive season.
“We will continue to arrest all criminals who are determined to destroy our community with drugs and we will make sure that they spend the festive season behind bars,” she said.