Correctional services official held after abalone bust

The warden was apparently on stress leave when SAPS members made the arrest

FILE: A basket of Abalone. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

EASTERN CAPE - An Eastern Cape correctional services official has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of abalone worth more than R300,000.

South African Police Service members and officials from the Department

of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries swooped on his home yesterday.

It's believed the 44-year-old warden at the North End Prison in Port Elizabeth was on stress leave at the time.

The unit had been investigating the official for the last two weeks after it was suspected he was illegally dealing in perlemoen.

Police's Alwin Labans said, "They went to the house and they found two fridges full of abalone, it's about 3,200 units and it weighs about 350 kilograms, which is approximately R300 000 worth of perlemoen."