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Five nabbed in abalone bust

The suspects were caught with more than 18,000 abalone.

FILE: Five men are behind bars after they were caught with abalone in Atlantis. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Five people have been arrested after they were caught with abalone worth about R1.6 million, Cape Town Metro Police said on Thursday.

Officials received a tip-off about a perlemoen processing plant in Atlantis.

In total, authorities confiscated more than 18,000 abalone.

Metro police's Wayne le Roux says, "Police received information from a member of the public about some illegal activity taking place as a certain complex in Atlantis. Police contacted us and we conducted the operation with them. We managed to confiscate a huge amount of abalone."

Last week, Southern Cape police confiscated R800,000 worth of abalone.

A 29-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.