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17 people arrested in WC raids

Police arrested several suspects & confiscated 500 units of heroin during raids in Manenberg.

FILE: At least 17 people were arrested in raids in Manenberg, Cape Town. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police have arrested 17 people in raids aimed at curbing gangsterism in Manenberg.

The police's Operation Lockdown hit the community in the Cape Flats this week, just days after several fatal shootings in the area.

The operation is focused on targeting gangs and illegal drug activity.

Police spokesperson Andre Traut says extra officers have been deployed to increase visibility in the area.

"During Operation Lockdown conducted in the Nyanga cluster, we arrested 14 male suspects and three female suspects and 500 units of heroin was confiscated. The suspects will be due in court once they have been charged."

WATCH: Man shot metres from police drug raid

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