3 arrested in perlemoen raids
Cape Town - Three men have been arrested in three separate raids for illegally possessing perlemoen (abalone) worth more than R2.5m, Western Cape police said on Tuesday.
The first man, 34, was arrested in Mitchells Plain on Monday evening after a tip-off that perlemoen was dropped off at his house, said Warrant Officer November Filander. He said 2 522 perlemoen worth R2m were confiscated.
The man would appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
Another man, 35, was arrested on the R44 in Gordons Bay on Monday for possession of 210 perlemoen.
Filander said members of 'Operation Octopus' spotted a suspicious-looking man driving a white Toyota Hilux.
They stopped the vehicle and found a box of perlemoen in the back. They arrested the man and confiscated his vehicle.
He would appear in the Strand Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
A Chinese man, 21, was arrested for possession of 5 736 dried perlemoen in Bellville, Cape Town, on Monday.