Six net­ted in two abalone busts

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WESTERN Cape po­lice yes­ter­day said they had re­cov­ered abalone worth mil­lions of rand and ar­rested five men and a wo­man sus­pected of il­le­gal trade in two sep­a­rate op­er­a­tions. In one op­er­a­tion, po­lice units were de­ployed to a farm in Brack­en­fell, where two sus­pects, aged 43 and 46, were ar­rested for op­er­at­ing an il­le­gal abalone-pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity, said po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Colonel An­dré Traut. “The seizure at the crime scene com­prised 6 878 units of fresh abalone, 24 922 units of dry abalone and equip­ment,” he added. In the sec­ond in­ci­dent, in Mil­ner­ton, po­lice re­ceived a tip-off and in­ter­cepted a cold stor­age truck in Mon­tagu Gar­dens. They found 213 bags of frozen abalone weigh­ing about 5 tons. A 23-year-old wo­man and three men, aged 24, 26 and 37, were ar­rested for the il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of abalone. The truck was con­fis­cated, said Traut, adding that the value of the seized abalone was yet to be de­ter­mined but it was es­ti­mated at sev­eral mil­lion rand. “We will not al­low crim­i­nals to strip the ma­rine re­sources of the Western Cape and we will con­tinue with our in­tel­li­gence-driven op­er­a­tions to fight these crim­i­nals,” he said. The sus­pects were ex­pected to ap­pear in the Kuils River and Cape Town mag­is­trate’s courts. – ANA

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