Complaints of fishy smell lead to discovery of abalone worth R5 million

Police arrested two men for the illegal possession of perlemoen in Caledon in the Western Cape on Friday.

Western Cape police discovered abalone worth R5 million in Caledon on Sunday 5 November 2017. Picture: Twitter/@SAPoliceService

CAPE TOWN - Complaints about a foul smell coming from a Caledon premises in the Western Cape resulted in the discovery of abalone worth R5 million.

Police arrested two men for the illegal possession of perlemoen in the Overberg town on Friday.

They're being held at the local police station.

Caledon police reacted to information they had received from some community members.

Officers had received a complaint about a fishy smell emanating from a premise in the Caledon industrial area.

Upon searching the premises officers found abalone as well as perlemoen cooking and drying equipment.

Two suspects aged 29 and 32 were taken into custody.

Police have confiscated more than 67, 000 units of abalone.