CT cops make R2m abalone bust

A man was arrested on the N2 Highway in Gordon's Bay during crime prevention patrols.

FILE. The man was stopped on the N2 Highway in Gordon's Bay on Tuesday while Cape Town's K9 Unit were conducting crime prevention patrols in the area. Picture: Twitter @SAPoliceService.

CAPE TOWN - Police have arrested a man after discovering thousands of abalone units worth R2 million in his vehicle.

The man was stopped on the N2 Highway in Gordon's Bay on Tuesday while Cape Town's K9 Unit were conducting crime prevention patrols in the area.

Officials from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries were also on the scene.

The police's Noloyiso Rwexana says the vehicle the suspect had been driving in was reportedly stolen.

"The driver, a 27-year old man was arrested and the vehicle with the abalone was confiscated. About 11, 857 units of shucked abalone was confiscated with an estimated street value of R2 million."

The man is facing charges of illegal possession of abalone and possession of stolen vehicle. He will be appearing in the Strand Magistrates Court on Thursday.