Poachers arrested with R720k worth of abalone, PE

South African Police Service

Poachers arrested with R720k worth of abalone, PE
Poachers arrested with R720k worth of abalone, PE. Photo: SAPS

A joint operation between Port Elizabeth K9 Unit, Port Elizabeth Flying Squad and a team from Darkwater Ops resulted in the arrest of three suspects for the Contravention of Marine Living Resources Act 18/1998 Reg 36(1) – Possession of Abalone.

It is alleged that on Sunday, 3 January 2021 at approximately 00:05, the members received information that abalone poachers are allegedly diving in the Cape Receive area. Way-lay duties were held in the area. The team noticed the abalone being loaded into a white Opel Corsa. Just after 06:00 the vehicle was followed and when attempts were made to stop the vehicle, the driver started speeding away down Beach Road, Summerstrand.

Two occupants were seen throwing two bags of abalone out of the moving vehicle. Police succeeded in blocking off the vehicle thus forcing it to stop.

On searching the vehicle, three bags and three back packs were found with abalone. The two bags that were thrown from the vehicle was also retrieved. A total of 1952 units of abalone were recovered with an estimated value of R720 000. The vehicle used was also confiscated.

Three suspects aged between 18 and 26 were arrested and will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 4 January 2021.

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