Man nabbed with abalone worth R300k following police chase

2016-09-15 23:00
Abalone worth R300 000 was seized by the K9 Unit.  (Supplied)

Abalone worth R300 000 was seized by the K9 Unit. (Supplied)

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Cape Town - A man who was caught with abalone worth R300 000 following a police chase will appear in the Strand Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of illegal possession and transporting of abalone, Western Cape police confirmed.

The 27-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday night by the members of SAPS K9 unit after they spotted a driver speaking on his cellphone while driving down Sir Lowry's Pass toward Somerset West, said spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk.

When the vehicle stopped in the middle of the road near an intersection, the officers approached and the bakkie sped off, followed by a second bakkie.

While the first bakkie managed to evade police, the officers pulled the second vehicle over on the N2 near Lwandle.

"Upon approaching the [vehicle], the members noticed various plastic bags through an open canopy window. These bags all contained abalone," Van Wyk said.

The man was arrested and the contraband was seized.

"Officials from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries were summoned to Lwandle police station where the abalone was counted. It amounted to 2 447 units of shucked abalone. It must still be weighed to determine the exact value, but was estimated at approximately R300 000."

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