Three suspects nabbed

2009-09-23 00:00

THE organised crime unit in Durban arrested three Chinese suspects on Monday in connection with an estimated R500 000 worth of abalone, or “perlemoen”, found in a building in Durban’s “Chinatown” by members of Customs and Excise.

A source told The Witness a total of 71 bags of frozen abalone — which has become an endangered species in South African waters due to poaching — was recovered on the first floor of the building in West Street.

It has become illegal to harvest abalone in South Africa because it is endangered.— WR.

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