Over R1.9m worth of abalone seized in Cape Town, 2 suspects arrested

During a multidisciplinary operation on Monday, officials uncovered an illegal abalone facility in Edgemead.

The Hawks together with Crime Intelligence and officials from the Department of Environmental Forestry and Fisheries on 16 November 2020 uncovered an illegal abalone facility at Kewridge in Cape Town and arrested two suspects for operating an illegal processing facility. Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The Hawks on Monday seized over R1.9 million worth of abalone in Edgemead in Cape Town.

During a multidisciplinary operation, officials uncovered an illegal abalone facility in the area.

Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani said in a statement: “The joint team conducted a search and seizure operation where they uncovered an illegal abalone facility at Kewridge in Edgemead where members recovered a total of 8776 dried and 26 chucked abalone worth an estimated street value of more than R1.9 million.”

Two suspects were arrested.

They were expected to appear in the Goodwood Magistrates Court on Wednesday where they would face charges of operating an illegal processing facility.

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