R1.94 million worth of abalone recovered at a house in Constantia

South African Police Service

R1.94 million worth of abalone recovered at a house in Constantia
R1.94 million worth of abalone recovered at a house in Constantia. Photo: SAPS

The depletion of our endangered living marine resources possess a serious threat to your livelihood and the economy of our country.

It also contributes towards the commission of other serious crime where syndicates are involved, such as abalone and drug smuggling.

Hence enhanced vigilance through increased high density patrols and gathering of vital information to curb these crimes.

On Saturday evening 8 July 2023 members of Public Order Police based in Cape Town followed up on information received about illegal activities at a residence situated in the Constantia area.

The members operationalised the information and pounced on the residence where they ensued with a search which led them to the discovery and seizure of 985 units of dried abalone with an estimated street value of R1.94 million as well as drying equipment and gas canisters used to process the abalone before shipping it out of the country.

The member subsequently arrested a 43-year-old suspect that was found on the premises and detained him at Kirstenhof SAPS.

He faces a charge of illegal possession of abalone and is scheduled to appear in court once charged.

Western Cape police management has lauded the members for their vigilance and commitment to bring the suspect to book.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service