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R12m abalone bust in Tableview

R12m worth of abalone was seized during an early morning raid in Tableview.

Police and the Department of Fisheries seize abalone after a raid on a Tableview home. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police have arrested a Chinese national after a R12 million abalone bust at a home in Sunset Beach near Tableview.

Millerton policing cluster spokesperson, Captain Cyril Dicks said they are still looking for another suspect.

Eyewitness News received a tip off during the early hours of Thursday morning about the police breakthrough.

Residents of the quiet suburb were seemingly unaware of events that unfolded just before 1am.

According to officials on the scene, they received a tip off from an informant which led to the raid.

The suspect was caught with more than two tons of fresh abalone and all the cooking equipment needed for processing.

The abalone was stashed in two 500 litre freezers, the bathtub and plastic buckets.

The suspect will be charged with illegal possession of abalone, and manufacturing.

Officers also found a plane ticket which showed the suspect travelled from China via Doha to South Africa on the 2nd of May 2012.