Tikkoppe and prostitutes got a 5am wake-up call from the City of Cape Town’s Gang and Drugs Task Team, which searched nine problem properties across Parow and Bellville.
Earlier, a second team also pounced on seven drug dens in Kraaifontein and arrested one person for dagga and mandrax and another for tik.
Shortly after 5am, officers raided the old Home Affairs building in Parow, which was packed with squatters.
Here officers searched several hiding spots and found abandoned dagga and mandrax, and in a room they found tik lollies hidden in a freezer.
“Die lollies is mos yskoud,” one officer is heard saying.
The team hit the jackpot in Parow Street shortly after 8am where they found a VW Polo parked outside a notorious drug den known as “The Compound”.
A man, identified only as “Whitey”, lives in the main house while the backyard dwellings are occupied by alleged prostitutes who work along Voortrekker Road.
It took officers more than 10 minutes to gain access to the main house.
“Maak oop julle n*****s, ons f** nie met julle nie, maak f***** oop,” an officer shouts.
Here they found Whitey and two skollies belonging to the 26s and 28s gangs and arrested them for drug possession and possession of a hijacked vehicle which was stolen in the Cape Town CBD recently.
Women on the premises were also searched for drugs, but officers did not find anything.
“Ja, mevrou, ons het niks, yoh,” says one woman.
An officer responds: “Ja ons weet van julle, as mans hier kom, dan kry hulle tik en stêre op dieselfde tyd.”
Parow Street residents applauded Metro Police for their efforts saying the house is known as a crime hotspot.
“This is the first time we have seen action taken against these guys in a long time and we are very happy to see the Metro Police here,” says a resident, who asked not to be named.