Two men, aged 26 and 30 years respectively, were taken in for questioning in connection with nearly R1.5 million worth of Abalone near George.
Early this morning (2014-11-21) at about 02:00 members attached to the Attaqua K9 Unit based in Oudtshoorn followed-up on information they have gathered over a period implicating that abalone will be transported from Cape Town through the Southern Cape.
The vehicle, a white Nissan bakkie with one occupant, was spotted just outside George on the N2 highway driving towards Wildernis. Members, who were assisted by the Outeniqua K9 Unit based in George, pursued and when the driver noticed the members he took the Kraaibosch turn-off. The driver jumped out of the bakkie and fled the scene of foot. He is still at large.
In the back of the bakkie 82 plastic bags of Abalone (1.149 ton) with an estimated street value of nearly R1.5 million were confiscated.
The white Toyota Yaris with two occupants, suspected to be the scout vehicle, that was also travelling towards Widernis made a u-turn, they were stopped just outside George and the two men, from Hermanus and Gans Bay, was taken in for questioning.
The George Cluster Commander, Major General T Patekile applauded the members from both units for their commitment and dedication to root out illegal activities in the cluster. "Especially in the light of the upcoming festive season, we want to send a strong message to those who involve themselves in the peddling of drugs and abalone that we are committed to effect more arrests. We will not tolerate people who use our roads in this cluster for their illegal activities and roadblocks and VCP's will be held more regularly than ever.", Maj Genl. Patekile concluded.
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