According to a source, officers of the police’s new Anti-Gang Unit descended on the drug headquarters of the Fancy Boys gang in the Oasis informal settlement in the Philippi farmlands and caught the six men red-handed while they were busy packaging heroin and dagga.
“The officers were told about a Wendy house among the shacks where drugs were being processed,” explains the source.
“When they arrived there on Tuesday afternoon, they found the six Fancy Boys making pakkies and counting drugs.
“The guns were open on the table and they had a lot of drugs.
“There were two big council bags filled with dagga and other plastic bags as well. They found lots of heroin.”
Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut, confirms the arrests and says during the search, officers confiscated 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 cellphones and R11 550 in cash, believed to be the proceeds of drug trafficking were also confiscated,” says Traut.
The source says the skollies appeared to be well organised with all the equipment they needed.
“They had a scale and the drugs were packaged. They had straws to package the heroin and even a sealer to close the straws.
“You could see they were organised and that those drugs were ready for distribution.
“This is a big blow for the Fancy Boys because that is one of their main drug headquarters and they have been causing a lot of problems in areas like Manenberg and Bonteheuwel.”
The six men, aged between 23 and 35, are due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate's Court on Thursday and face charges of drug dealing and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, says Traut.
Provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula, praised officers for the bust and their contribution in beating the scourge of gang-related crime in the province ahead of the festive season.