11 people arrested for poaching abalone in CT

Officials were acting on a tip-off when they caught the suspects almost red-handed, after they were spotted in the ocean.

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CAPE TOWN – At least 11 people have been arrested in an abalone bust in Cape Town.

The City of Cape Town's marine unit - along with National Parks and Fisheries Department officials - were acting on a tip-off when they caught the suspects almost red-handed.

Officials spotted them in the ocean.

The city's Wayne Dyason explains: “The divers exited the water and divers got into two vehicles. The vehicles were tracked and stopped in the Glencairn area, where all the occupants were arrested. A subsequent search of the bushes revealed another suspect who was arrested.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)