Drug Watch initiative ready for battle

WC police along with Lead SA are teamed up and ready to fight the illegal drug trade.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - As the festive season approaches there is renewed vigour in the battle against drugs in the Western Cape.

Lead SA and law enforcement agencies have teamed up to fight the scourge.

The Drug Watch initiative will highlight efforts by police and the metro police to clamp down on the illegal drug trade.

The campaign is aimed at giving people a way to report drug peddling in their communities.

The initiative was launched along the N7 highway to highlight what police and metro police are doing to clampdown on the drug smuggling trade.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said the trafficking of drugs to and from the province was a major problem.

After the official launch, Lamoer joined police officers at a nearby roadblock.

This is just one way in which police were trying to keep drugs off the streets.

"We confiscate drugs everyday and every week, and that is their livelihood. It also causes fighting between gangs."

Police officers searched each vehicle looking for illegal substances or weapons.

Statistics show that drug related crimes were on the increase.

Research also shows that 8,000 babies are born exposed to Tik in the province annually.