During a vehicle check point held as part of Operation Festive Season on 2018-11-08 at 09:45 members of Seven Fountains,Highway Patrol and Provincial Traffic stopped a vehicle at the Assegaai river bridge on the N2. During a search of the VW Polo 9 sheep carcasses valued at R9000 were found in the boot.
Investigations were undertaken and it was established that the sheep were stolen in Mthatha and at the scene 9mm cartridges were found. These will be forwarded for forensic analysis. Two suspects (both aged 20 years old) were arrested.
On Saturday, 11 November 2018, Detectives from the specialised Stock Theft Unit continued with their investigations and enrolled experts from K9 unit of Port Alfred and with the assistance of the sniffer dog and found a firearm (hand gun) hidden in the gearbox consul compartment of the vehicle.
Charges of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition will be added to the charges of suspected stolen property (stock).
The suspects will appear in the Grahamstown Magistrate's Court soon.
Source: South African Police Service