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Members of the Cape Town metro police special operations unit seize... News PhotoAdult,Bag,Blue,Cape Town,Crowded,Horizontal,Kilometer,Law,Marijuana - Herbal Cannabis,Men,Plastic,Police Force,Smoking - Activity,South AfricaPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPTO GO WITH AFP STORY BY JUSTINE GERARDY Members of the Cape Town metro police special operations unit seize on August 27, 2013 marijuana, packed in a blue plastic bag at right, from two young men (C and one not on picture), who were about to smoke it in a water-pipe, in Manenburg, about 15 kms from the center of Cape Town. Search operations take place daily, with police hunting Manenberg's 1,000 most wanted criminals, those suspected of offences ranging from murder to drug possession. Scoring heroin or crystal meth, known as 'tik', costs as little as two to three dollars here, marijuana less than 50 US cents, and a sedative known as 'button' just shy of five dollars. But with one out of every three people in Manenberg estimated to be using drugs, it is worth killing to gain control of the captive audience of local drug addicts. In 10-and-a-half weeks, 10 people were murdered here with seven killed in July alone. AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH (Photo credit should read RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)