Chinese man caught with abalone worth R250 000 in Milnerton
Cape Town - The continued endeavours by the South African Police Services (SAPS) to root out the lucrative abalone trade in the Western Cape resulted in the arrests of three suspects on Wednesday.
In Milnerton, a Chinese man in his twenties was arrested for being in possession of a hijacked vehicle and 4297 units of abalone.
"Members of the Flying Squad spotted a suspicious Hyundai i20 in Koeberg Road and pulled it over for further investigation. The investigation led to the discovery that the vehicle, which was hijacked in Mfuleni earlier this month, was filled with abalone of an estimated street value of R250 000. The vehicle and the abalone were confiscated," said SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut.
Once charged, the suspect is due to make a court appearance in Cape Town.
The Parow Crime Prevention unit members also arrested two suspects for being in possession of abalone Tuesday.
"The members were on patrol duty when they spotted a suspicious vehicle in De Tyger Road which prompted them to investigate further. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 74 units of abalone with a street value of about R 13 800," Traut added.
The two occupants of the vehicle were arrested and are due to make a court appearance once they have been charged.