SAPS, Eastern Cape, explosives, firearms, police, arrest, three arrested

The Eastern Cape SAPS arrested three individuals who illegally possessed firearms and explosives. Photo: South African Police Service / Facebook

Eastern Cape police arrest 3 for possession of firearms AND explosives

The SAPS are holding three individuals in custody after a search of their vehicle resulting in a surprising find – firearms and explosives.

SAPS, Eastern Cape, explosives, firearms, police, arrest, three arrested

The Eastern Cape SAPS arrested three individuals who illegally possessed firearms and explosives. Photo: South African Police Service / Facebook

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene commended the effective work of certain South African Police Department members (SAPS). This follows the apprehension of three individuals near Mpantu Bridge at Port St Johns. The arrest was enforced once the suspects were found to be in possession of illegal firearms and explosives.

Intense investigations led to the arrest

Initial investigations into the ordeal imply that the officials had implemented roadblocks and patrols, according to a statement.

These were done on the R61 road between Lusikisiki and Port St Johns. A white Toyota Corolla reportedly raised the suspicions of the law enforcement officers which provoked them into stopping the vehicle. A thorough search of the vehicle revealed three explosives and two firearms hidden inside.

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The firearms and explosives discovered were sent for processing

The discovery resulted in the immediate involvement of Explosives and Forensics Units who processed the crime scene. The explosives and firearms were confiscated and sent to the ballistics. The unit will determine if they had been involved in any previously reported crimes.

Since the arrests, there has been no further information regarding the identification of the make and model of the discovered explosives. Additionally, there is currently no indication of the designated purpose of the confiscated explosives and firearms.

The individuals, aged between 20 and 30, have been held in police custody while their court appearance is pending. The hearing is set to be held at Port St Johns Magistrate Court on Monday, 14 March 2022 based on charges linked to the possession of explosives and unlicensed firearms.

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