Nineteen caught with abalone

2016-10-19 16:20
Some of the 19 suspects who were arrested in the early hours of this morning for being in possession of abalone.

Some of the 19 suspects who were arrested in the early hours of this morning for being in possession of abalone.

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Nineteen suspects were nabbed in Hout Bay at 03:50 today (19 October) in a joint operation between various law enforcement agencies for the possession of abalone.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk says the suspects aged between 18 and 38 were arrested by various units comprising provincial detectives, the Sea Border Unit, Task Force and National Intervention Unit.

“Diving equipment, a rubber duck, a Ford  Ranger and a Toyota Corolla were confiscated. The abalone was counted by officials from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and amounted to 1 308 units. However the value is yet to be determined. The suspects are due to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday on abalone related charges under the Marine Resource Act,” says Van Wyk.

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