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2000 Mitchells Plain drug arrests

Most of those apprehended are between the ages of 20 and 30.

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

CAPE TOWN - More than 2000 people have been arrested in Mitchells Plain between April and May on drug-related charges.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says 60 percent of those apprehended are men between the ages of 20 and 30.

The commissioner says the conviction rate on drug-related offences is over 90 percent.

Most cases are related to drug-runners, but authorities are now focusing on apprehending drug lords.

"We are really focusing now on trying to get the big boys."

Today marks the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre's Ashley Potts says drug-fuelled crimes are plaguing many Western Cape Communities.

He says while addicts often lose hope, they can get help at one of many treatment facilities across the province.

Potts says what is most concerning, is people are not willing to accept the reality that they are an addict and need help.

"It is not the problem that you have the addiction; it is more concerning to us that you are not willing to accept the reality that you are an addict and need help. It is not something to be ashamed of and parents and young people need to know that."