FORMER RESERVIST DUE IN COURT FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN FIREARM AND DEALING IN DRUGS
MPUMALANGA – A 43-years-old former police reservist was arrested during an intelligence joint disruptive operation by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation based in Middelburg, Crime Intelligence and K9 on Friday, 18 February 2022, for possession of a stolen firearm, illegal possession of police uniform, and dealing in drugs in Leslie.
Information was received and followed up resulting in a search and seizure operation at the suspect’s house. During the search, a firearm, police uniform and drugs at a street value of R500 000.00 was found and seized.
During preliminary investigation, it was established that the firearm, 9mm Barreta found in possession of the suspect, was stolen from Leslie SAPS in April 2010 while he (the suspect) was still a police reservist.
The suspect is expected to appear before the Leslie Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 21 February 2022.
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