Police hunt for abalone suspect

Police are hunting for a second suspect after the R12m abalone bust in Sunset Beach.

The house in Sunset Beach where R12m of abalone was seized.Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police are on Thursday searching for a second suspect after the R12 million abalone bust in Sunset Beach near Tableview.

Eyewitness News understands detectives believe the man is from the Middle East.

Officials arrested a 36-year-old Chinese national in the raid and confiscated 28 bags of abalone and processing equipment.

Some residents of the upmarket suburb have expressed shock at the raid.

As officials removed abalone processing equipment like boilers from the upmarket home, Sunset Beach residents watched on in disbelief.

"You don't expect something like this to happen in Sunset Beach," one woman said.

Residents said the bust came as a complete surprise.

Another neighbour said he heard about the bust on the news.

"It's a secure area and we did not anticipate anything like this."

Meanwhile, police have discovered a dagga plantation inside a warehouse in an industrial area of Montague Gardens.

Officials are currently on scene, but no arrests have been made.