Port Elizabeth police say the multi-disciplinary approach to tackling drugs in the Mount Road policing cluster is yielding positive results.
Police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, said in a 12-hour period between Tuesday and Wednesday, nine people were arrested on drug-related charges by members of the National Intervention Unit.
The unit has been deployed in the Northern Areas to focus on drug and gang-related activities.
She said in one case a woman was arrested at a house in Bosman Street in Salt Lake for the possession of drugs.
"The other suspects were arrested with quantities of tik and cocaine which was found in their possession during routine stop and search," Naidu said.
"We will constantly be in the faces of these drug lords," said Acting Mount Road Cluster Commander, Brigadier Andrew Louw.
According to some reports, more than 80 people were killed in gang-related shootings in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas in 2017.