The swift action taken during an integrated operation by SAPS and DAFF on 15 December 2021, resulted in the arrest of five suspects who were caught in possession of West Coast Rock Lobster tails and other marine resources without the necessary permits.
Information was received that two vehicles are heading towards Cape Town from Elands Bay with marine resources that were poached in the area.
This information was operationalised and the two vehicles which took different routes were pursued. In Laaiplek one of the vehicles, a Toyota LDV was stopped and searched which led to the discovery of 57 WCRL tails.
Two male suspects aged 31 and 52 were arrested.
In Piketberg the second vehicle, also a Toyota LDV was apprehended where 6998 WCRL tails and an assortment of marine resources were confiscated.
A large sum of cash, believed to be the proceeds of crime was also seized. Three male suspects aged 32, 36 and 42 were arrested.
The combined value of the seized resources is estimated at around R730 000-00. Both vehicles were also impounded.
The suspects who are from Mitchells Plain, Bonteheuwel and Athlone respectively are due to make their court appearance once they have been charged.