K9 unit members recover abalone worth R1.2 mil, Bloemfontein

South African Police Service

K9 unit members recover of abalone worth R1.2 mil, Bloemfontein. Photo: SAPS
K9 unit members recover of abalone worth R1.2 mil, Bloemfontein. Photo: SAPS

At about 08:30 this morning, Tuesday, 9 October 2018, members attached to the K9 Unit in Bloemfontein were patrolling on the N1 when they came across a suspicious white Iveco minibus with Western Cape Registration numbers heading towards Bloemfontein.

Members followed the vehicle until it pulled into a filling station near Tierpoort. Upon noticing that the police are following them, the occupants of the vehicle, two men fled the scene on foot, leaving their vehicle at the garage.

Members gave chase and swiftly arrested both suspects aged 32 and 33. On arrival back at the minibus, members conducted a search leading to the discovery of 87 plastic bags containing wet abalone worth an estimated R1.2 million.

The two were charged with illegal possession of abalone and are to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court soon. Further investigations will be carried out by the Hawks.

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