District Mail

Abalone bust on the N2 high­way

- Crime · Incidents · Toyota Fortuner · Toyota Motor Corporation · Toyota · Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of South Africa

STRAND – Two sus­pects were ar­rested and abalone worth more than R1 mil­lion con­fis­cated af­ter au­thor­i­ties pounced on a sus­pi­cious­look­ing ve­hi­cle on the N2 out­side Strand at the week­end. Of­fi­cials of the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries, with as­sis­tance from Gor­don’s Bay Se­cu­rity (GBSec), swooped on two oc­cu­pants of a Toy­ota For­tuner and seized a to­tal of 7 657 units of wet shucked abalone worth an es­ti­mated R1,1 mil­lion on Sun­day 2 Au­gust. Ac­cord­ing to Strand po­lice, the in­ci­dent oc­curred at 20:10. A trusted source who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity said the ve­hi­cle was mon­i­tored, cor­nered and forced to a halt on the high­way op­po­site a petrol sta­tion lo­cated in the Gants Cen­tre in re­sponse to a tip-off. “A to­tal of 7 657 units of wet shelled abalone with a weight of 491,5 kg was con­fis­cated,” the source said. “Two men from Bel­har were ar­rested.” The sus­pects, aged 28 and 29, ap­peared in the Strand Mag­is­trates’ Court on Tues­day (4 Au­gust) on charges of il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of abalone.

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