AT approximately 12.30pm yesterday, November 30, members of the Grahamstown Highway patrol who were holding a vehicle checkpoint on the N2, received information that a silver-grey vehicle and its two male occupants were in possession of firearms.
A brief description of the vehicle was furnished and circulated. The two members drove towards the direction of Port Elizabeth, and approximately 5kms out of town, they turned and drove back towards Grahamstown, when they spotted a silver-grey vehicle which matched the description of the vehicle that they were looking for with four male occupants driving in the opposite direction.
The vehicle was travelling at a high speed. The members turned around and called for assistance to stop the speeding hired vehicle. Within a short period, the members were joined by members of the Grahamstown Crime Prevention unit and the car was stopped.
During a search of the vehicle the firearms (three 9mm firearms), 27 rounds of ammunition and three magazines were found hidden in the boot.
The suspects face charges of possession of Unlicenced firearms and possession of ammunition.
Speedy investigative work revealed that two of the firearms were stolen in a recent housebreaking. The suspects will appear in the Grahamstown Magistrates court early next week.
Enquiries Captain Mali Govender 0827797123