Port Alfred police, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, confiscated 262 units of abalone with an estimated street value of R33 000 and arrested five suspects yesterday morning.
The arrests took place on the R72 between Port Alfred and Seafield at about 09:45, after police received information of perlemoen poaching in the Fish River area by suspects in a BMW.
Highway Patrol officers, Sergeant Michael Goldschagg and Constable Luvuyo Kimbili, responded and stopped the white BMW on the R72. One of the suspects tried to flee and Sgt Goldschagg chased and apprehended the suspect, slightly injuring his own leg in the process.
On searching the vehicle, police found two bags of abalone with a weight of 55.14 kg, as well as diving gear and poaching equipment. The total estimated street value of the abalone, gear and equipment was R38 000. Police also confiscated the vehicle.
The five suspects, aged between 21 and 35, were detained in the Port Alfred police station and are due to appear in court this week on charges under the Marine Living Resources Act 18 of 1998.
They were among at least 22 suspects arrested in the Port Alfred cluster between Thursday last week and this morning.