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Gauteng cops make R3m abalone bust

Gauteng police have arrested a man in the possession of R3m worth of abalone in Johannesburg.

Gauteng police have arrested a man in the possession of R3m worth of abalone in Johannesburg.Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A man has been arrested after he was caught in the possession of R3 million worth of Perlemoen (abalone) in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg.

The police received a tip-off from an eye witness who saw men run into a house after fleeing a shootout with police on William Nicol Drive.

Officials caught the man hiding in a ceiling at a Florida house on Thursday.

It is alleged he paid a domestic worker R50 to hide him away.

The man is expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrates Court soon to face charges of Perlemoen.

Johannesburg's Metro Police Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar says, "Members of the South African Police Service and Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) searched the area and found a man hiding in a ceiling of a private house. He was arrested and will appear in court soon on charges of attempted murder and being in the possession of sea abalone."

The second suspect is still at large.