Seven arrested for abalone poaching

2010-12-03 11:30

Seven men were arrested for abalone poaching this morning in Cape Town.

“Saps members attached to Border Police Unit were busy with vessel patrol duties between Robben Island and Sea Point when they spotted a vessel operating without navigational lights,” said Warrant Officer November Filander.

“As the suspects spotted the police vessel they sped off at high speed, but police manage to stop the suspicious vessel.”

When police approached the men – who were dressed in diving suits – one of them dumped a bag in the water.

Four abalone were found on deck. During a later search at Cape Town harbour, dagga was found on one of the men.

The men, ranging in age from 22 to 42 and all from Hout Bay, would appear in the Cape Town Magistrates Court soon.

Meanwhile on Wednesday a man was nabbed at Broken Baths Beach in Sea Point for allegedly being in possession of 138 abalone.

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