Cops arrest 29 illegal immigrants
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.
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.