Image: Provided / Six suspects are expected to appear before the court on a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. 

 

Six suspects, aged between 20 and 30 years, are expected to appear today (23 June) before the Orkney Magistrates’ Court on a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The suspects are also facing an additional charge of contravention of Section 49(1)(a) of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No. 13 of 2002).

North West police spokesperson Captain Aafje Botma said the illicit mining task team members were conducting a crime operation on the R30 Orkney road near a bridge on Tuesday night, 21 June.

“A Toyota Quantum with six persons inside was stopped and searched. During the search, an unlicensed 9mm semi-automatic pistol with one magazine, 25 live rounds and 25 blank rounds were found in the vehicle and confiscated. “

Botma said that all six suspects were arrested as no one could account for the possession.