The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team together with Crime Intelligence as well as officials from the Department of Forestry Fisheries and Environmental Affairs (DFFE) conducted a sting operation and clamped down on an illicit abalone processing facility in Cape Town on Tuesday 12 May 2020.
The intelligence driven operation uncovered the processing facility at the premises on Stella Road, Montague Gardens and during the search and seizure, freshly cooked and dried abalone worth over R972 000.00 was seized. Furthermore, abalone processing equipment, communication equipment, a computer and a vehicle were all seized,
Consequently, three suspects aged between 25 and 48 were arrested and are due appear at the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Thursday, 14 May 2020.
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