CT cops make another major abalone bust

A suspect was apprehended on Monday night during a joint operation.

Abalone seized by Western Cape police in a raid. Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - A man has been arrested for the possession of abalone worth R117,000 in Melkbosstrand.

The suspect was apprehended on Monday night during a joint operation between the law enforcement marine unit, the South African Police Service and the local neighbourhood watch's anti-poaching unit.

Officers found more than 1,000 units of abalone, diving equipment, a scale and shucking tools.

The City of Cape Town’s Wayne Dyason said: “Authorities have now recorded a number of successes in the past few weeks against these gangs of poachers. We will continue to clamp down on these activities which are threatening the survival of abalone.”

Five people were due in court this week after abalone worth more than R3 million was found in their possession at a house in Mfuleni.

Police also apprehended two suspects in Caledon after they discovered abalone worth R5 million. The two suspects, aged 29 and 32, were taken into custody. Police confiscated more than 67,000 units of abalone during this incident.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)