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Cape Peninsula’s crime hotspots identified

During a sting operation on Tuesday authorities seized a hydroponic drug lab and other drug paraphernalia.

City law enforcement officials busted a drug lab in Lavender Hill on 14 April 2015. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - City law enforcement officers on Tuesday said they had identified crime hotspots in the Cape Peninsula following a spike in violent crime.

Acting on tip-offs from the community, task teams carried out blitz operations in Lavender Hill where they busted a drug lab and made several arrests.

A small crowd gathered along Hilary Drive while metro police conducted a search on the block.

Some residents said they felt their community was being held hostage by criminal elements.

During a sting operation on Tuesday authorities seized a hydroponic drug lab and other drug paraphernalia.

They also made five arrests.

Intelligence teams had been surveilling hotspots in the South Peninsula for several weeks in a bid to clamp down on drug and gang activity.

#BlitzOperations City law enforcement busted a drug lab in Lavender Hill. NM pic.twitter.com/E7fn4dl5Ws

#BlitzOperations crowds gather quickly outside the houses metro cops are about to search. NM pic.twitter.com/gDJRQDfdqs

#BlitzOperations community members in Lavender Hill and Ottery say while they afraid to speak up, hey are grateful for the raids. NM

#BlitzOperations metro police search every corner. NM pic.twitter.com/AGuC0aL10O