Three arrested in R3mil perlemoen bust

Police say the trio were apprehended at a house in Van Dyk Park last night following a tip off.

FILE: Equipment and various chemicals believed to be used to process the protected marine molluscs were recovered. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Three people have been arrested in Boksburg on the East Rand for being in possession of five tonnes of perlemoen worth over R3 million.

Police say the trio were apprehended at a house in Van Dyk Park last night following a tip off.

Equipment and various chemicals believed to be used to process the protected marine molluscs were recovered.

The police's Wilfred Kgasago says the men have been charged with possession and dealing in an endangered species.

"They raided the house and found the floor and freezers were laiden with perlemoen. The estimated weight of the perlemoen was about five tonnes."