By Barry Bateman
Two foreigners were arrested and R600 000 worth of abalone seized in an anti-poaching sting, the Hawks confirmed on Monday.
Investigators confiscated dozens of bags of abalone as well as equipment used to prepare them for distribution.
Acting on a tip-off, officials raided the Pretoria east home.
They found fans and racks used to dry the raw product in several bedrooms of the house.
Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said, "Two Chinese men were arrested. We confiscated 200 kilograms of abalone worth about R600 000."
He has not ruled out the possibility of more arrests.
"We are not really sure where the abalone is coming from but our investigations are continuing. We believe that these suspects form part of a bigger syndicate."
Ramaloko says the men will be charged with contravening the Marine Resources Act.
Rampant poaching has decimated the abalone population in South Africa's coastal waters to feed demand for the high-priced delicacy in Asia. More....