Cops ar­rest 29 il­le­gal im­mi­grants

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - Sto­ries by Mbono Md­luli

IN an ef­fort to re­duce transna­tional crime, po­lice from South­ern and Eastern Africa have ar­rested 29 il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

The il­le­gal im­mi­grants have been rounded up dur­ing an op­er­a­tion known as Op­er­a­tion USALAMA IV, which was con­ducted by the Royal Swazi­land Po­lice in conjunction with other or­gan­i­sa­tions in the coun­try.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clude the Im­mi­gra­tion Department, Swazi­land Rev­enue Author­ity (SRA), Swazi­land Elec­tric­ity Com­pany (SEC), Swazi­land Posts and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Cor­po­ra­tions (SPTC) and Big Game Parks.

The op­er­a­tion was spear­headed by The Eastern African Po­lice Chiefs Co­op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (EAPCCO) and South­ern Africa Re­gional Po­lice Chiefs Co­op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion (SARPCCO). Each of the coun­tries in the two African re­gions is ex­pected to con­duct such op­er­a­tions.

The USALAMA Op­er­a­tions started in 2013 and they have been tak­ing place on a yearly ba­sis. The 2017 op­er­a­tions took place on Oc­to­ber 4 and 5.

Based on the re­sults recorded dur­ing op­er­a­tion USALAMA III in 2016, the chiefs of po­lice from both re­gions rec­om­mended a con­tin­u­a­tion of this op­er­a­tion.

The ob­jec­tives of the op­er­a­tion was to col­lect in­for­ma­tion and pro­duce in­tel­li­gence about in­di­vid­u­als and syn­di­cates in­volved in the com­mis­sion of transna­tional or­gan­ised crime; res­cue vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing, and to com­bat and dis­man­tle crim­i­nal net­works within the EAPCCO and SARPCCO re­gions.

The op­er­a­tion tar­geted the crime ar­eas like drug traf­fick­ing, traf­fick­ing in hu­man be­ings and peo­ple smug­gling, il­licit pro­lif­er­a­tion of small arms and light weapons, en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes, stolen mo­tor ve­hi­cles, coun­ter­feit and il­licit goods, theft of cop­per ca­bles and non-fer­rous met­als, smug­gling of min­er­als, ter­ror­ism and fugi­tive track­ing.

The re­sults of the op­er­a­tions are as fol­lows: Il­licit Small Light Weapons

One sus­pect was ar­rested for be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of 17 live rounds of am­mu­ni­tion.

One sus­pect was ar­rested for be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of two 12 bore shot­gun with no live rounds.

Two sus­pects were ar­rested be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of one 12 bore shot­gun with no live rounds. Il­licit Drugs

A to­tal of 36 sus­pects were ar­rested for be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of dagga. Dagga weigh­ing 159.12 kilo­grams val­ued at E95 229.60 was seized. Wildlife Crimes

One sus­pect was ar­rested for be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of a Kudu and Red duicker.

One sus­pect was ar­rested for be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of a Bush buck horn, crocodile skin and fats.

One sus­pect was ar­rested for be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of a Kudu skin, leop­ard skin, Inyala skin, 10 Red duicker skins, 17 Grey duicker skins, Ind­loti skin and two Im­pala skins. Il­le­gal Im­mi­grants

Twenty-nine il­le­gal im­mi­grants were ar­rested. Stolen Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles

Three mo­tor ve­hi­cles were seized; one was pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied as stolen and one sus­pect was ar­rested. The two mo­tor ve­hi­cles are still pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Ar­rested Wanted Sus­pects

One wanted sus­pect was ar­rested for Theft by false pre­tences case.

Two wanted sus­pects were ar­rested for a mur­der case.

(Cour­tesy pics)

EX­HIBITS: Some of the dagga that was con­fis­cated by the po­lice from dagga deal­ers dur­ing Op­er­a­tion USALAMA held on Oc­to­ber 4 and 5.

CHECK­ING: Po­lice of­fi­cers in­spect­ing one of the ve­hi­cles dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

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