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Crime intelligence helps cops fight abalone poaching

Police arrested six people this week, allegedly in possession of abalone worth several million rand in Cape Town.

Western Cape police seized abalone valued at several million rand in two separate operations. Picture: @SAPoliceService

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police say they will continue to use crime intelligence to fight against abalone-poaching syndicates.

They arrested six people this week, allegedly in possession abalone worth several million rand in Cape Town.

More than 30,000 units of abalone were confiscated in a raid at a Brackenfell farm, while 213 bags of frozen abalone were found in Montagu Gardens.

The police's Andre Traut Says these busts were the result of information cultivated by crime intelligence.

“Information led police units to a farm in Brackenfell at Bottelary Road.

“Two suspects, aged 43 and 46, were arrested for operating an illegal abalone processing facility. Not far from there in Milnerton, members reacted on information and apprehended a cold storage truck in Montague Gardens.”

Four suspects, aged between 23 and 37, who were arrested in the Montagu Gardens case will appear in the Cape Town Magistrates Court for the illegal possession of abalone.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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