The anti-gang unit, launched last week in Cape Town, arrested the men in Philippi on Tuesday.

In a police statement, Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut said police confiscated three unlicensed firearms and a large quantity of drugs.

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“Inroads are being made in our fight against gangsterism in the Western Cape as proven by members of the Anti-Gang Unit when they arrested six suspects yesterday in Philippi, with three unlicensed firearms and drugs valued at R1 129 950.”

Members of the unit conducted a search of a residence in Oasis squatter camp after receiving a tip-off.

“This operation led to the discovery of two 9mm pistols, a .45 calibre pistol, 70 rounds of ammunition, dagga valued at R1 million and heroin with a street value of R129 950. Six cellular telephones and R11 550 cash, believed to be the proceeds of drug trafficking were also confiscated,” Traut said.

– African News Agency