Operation festive season was in full swing in the Parkweg cluster and many suspects were caught off guard since its commencement.
This saw various police units together with other law enforcement agencies such municipal traffic, municipal law enforcement, municipal health inspectors and technicians from power utility body (Centlec) joint the police in two-hour intensive festive season high density crime operation.
The operation commenced from 15:00 until 17:00 on Tuesday.
During the operation, police conducted unannounced cordon and search at one of identified notorious old Victoria hotel building in the Bloemfontein City Centre in Power Street.
The building has been under police surveillance for time and it is suspected to be safe haven for wanted criminals, uses as storage for stolen goods and houses women believed to be involved in illegal prostitution activities.
During the search in the building, a 36-year-old Nigerian man was found with unlicensed firearm and 47 mandrax tablets valued at R 20 000.
In a further search the man was also found with a six suspected stolen cell phones and a cash of R5 000.
Two other Nigerian men aged 33 and 35 were arrested for possession of dangerous weapons.
Two Bangladeshi shop owners were also arrested and issued with a R2 000 fines for selling expired food parcels.
Two other were arrested for been illegal immigrant. The recovered firearm will be taken to ballistics to ascertain if it was used in any commission of crime in the country. The arrested suspects will soon appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate Court.
Cluster Commander, Moeketsi Sempe, lauds the members for excellent team work that led to the brilliant arrests and confiscations.
He further said that this once again displays that this festive season the police will be out there in full force in an effort to ensure that everyone is and feel safe.