Strand man arrested for possession of abalone worth nearly R1m

The suspect was nabbed on Tuesday morning after officers pulled over a bakkie he was travelling in on the N2 near Strand.

Abalone confiscated in the Strand, near Cape Town on 24 July 2018. Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Police have arrested a Lwandle man for the possession of abalone worth just under a million rand.

The suspect was nabbed on Tuesday morning after officers pulled over a bakkie he was travelling in on the N2 near Strand.

The driver fled but the other man was caught.

The Police's Noloyiso Rwexana said: “Police searched the vehicle and they found numerous bags containing abalone. A total of 5,030 abalone was found worth an estimated street value of just under a million. The suspect will appear in the Strand magistrates court.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)