Net Closes On Smugglers in R7m Abalone Haul

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Western Cape police say two foreign nationals have been arrested after being caught in possession of abalone worth an estimated R7 million.

Police spokesperson FC Van Wyk said: “An intelligence driven operation executed by members attached to the National Intervention Unit and Crime Intelligence led to the arrests in Milnerton.”

He said at 2pm on Wednesday the unit responded to information about abalone stored in a basement at an apartment complex in Century City, Milnerton.

“On members’ arrival they found three vehicles loaded with abalone in plastic bags. They seized the three vehicles with 23 000 units of abalone. The shucked abalone was handed over to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,” Van Wyk said.

Once charged the suspects will appear in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court.

Meanwhile, two suspects ages 36 and 37 have been arrested for possession of drugs in Steenberg, police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana said.

Rwexana said police executed a search warrant at St Montague Village in Lavender Hill on Tuesday.

“Upon searching the house they found mandrax tablets and an undisclosed amount of cash. They continued searching other rooms and they found 13 packets tik, dagga and more cash,” she said.

Both suspects have appeared in court on possession of drugs charges.