On the morning of Friday 21 November members from the Cape Town K9 Unit, once again, responded to information of vehicles allegedly transporting illegal abalone from the outskirts of Hermanus to Cape Town and proceeded to conduct patrols in the vicinity of the Strand and Somerset West.
At approximately 06:45, they pulled over an Isuzu LDV, fitted with an enclosed canopy, on the N2 freeway at Fairlands. Upon searching the vehicle they recovered 23 bags of shucked abalone in the back of the vehicle. The driver and his passenger, both aged 45 and from Kuilsriver, were arrested and detained at Gordon's Bay police station where the abalone seized was counted by officials from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
It amounted to 3 849 units of shucked abalone. The value thereof was estimated in excess of R500 000-00. (Five hundred thousand Rand).
The arrested men are to appear in Strand Magistrates Court on Monday 24 November.
The arresting officials are the same members from the Cape Town K9 Unit who arrested a 30 year old man from Nyanga yesterday for transporting 1 636 units of abalone and who is also to appear in the same court on Monday 24 November.
Also, on the evening of Thursday 11 November they arrested a Stellenbosch man at his flat for the possession on 1 043 units of abalone. The following morning, Sergeants Donaven Naidoo and Enslin Wagner arrested two men, one from Heideveld and the other from Hawston, following a high speed car chase from Lwandle to Eerste River. In that instance, 2 545 units of shucked abalone was seized. The value of the abalone seized in all these cases was estimated at close to R1.5 million.
Captain FC Van Wyk
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