An Operation Phakisa raid conducted by SAPS, SARS, Customs, Immigration Officers and Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries was carried out on 21 February 2019, at 12:00, at a business premises on West Street in Durban.
A 28 year old suspect was arrested for possession of abalone, line fish, east coast rock lobster, oysters, mussels, langoustines, crabs and prawns. The estimated street value of the items seized is approximately R86 000-00.
A search was also conducted at another shop where more abalone was recovered. They were found packed inside a fridge at the business premises.
The total estimated value of the recovered abalone is R72 840-00.
The suspect will be charged in terms of the Marine and Living Resources Act. The suspect is appearing on 22 February 2019, at the Durban Magistrates’ Court.
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