Cape Town court jails 2 Chinese abalone smugglers

2016-09-09 17:51
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Cape Town – Two Chinese nationals were given jail sentences in the Khayelitsha Priority Crimes Court on Friday for smuggling abalone and growing dagga, Western Cape police said.

Han Ran, 31, and Zhao Huirm, 35, were each sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and fined R500 000, Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut said.

They were arrested in April, after police were tipped off about illegal activity at a smallholding on the outskirts of Langebaan. Police raided it and found an abalone processing facility. 

"Various rooms were found inside the building, including a cooking area, drying rooms, a sorting room and living quarters. Numerous items of equipment used in the cooking and drying process were recovered, which included large steel cooking pots, gas burners and cylinders, scales of different sizes, fans, drying shelves, and temperature meters," Traut said.

A total of 37 936 units of dried abalone and five units of wet shucked abalone were confiscated.

Police found another three rooms that were equipped as hydroponic laboratories.

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