South African Police Services (SAPS) in the Western Cape have successfully apprehended various suspects involved in the poaching and smuggling of abalone following several weeks of investigation in the province.
Around 6 800 units of fresh abalone were found, along with 25 000 units of dry abalone, were found in the home of the arrested suspects, in Brackenfell. Subsequently, half-an hour after the arrest, police intercepted a cold-storage truck in Montagu Gardens with around 213 bags of frozen abalone.
Police believe the two cases to be connected and a total of 6 suspects were arrested in the two operations.
The estimated value of the abalone is sure to sit in the millions of rands, albeit calculations have not yet been undertaken to the exact amount.
Investigations are set to be furthered by police in coming months.