The Cape Town K9 Unit successfully nabbed three suspects on Thursday (23 June) morning for illegal abalone activity. Provincial police spokesperson Constable Johnatan Filander says the arrests came at about 10:00 after the unit received information about the illegal activity. “(The unit) received information of alleged illegal abalone activity and proceeded to search a residence in Pelican Heights, Grassy Park. At about 10:00 they entered the house in Osprey Street where they uncovered a fully operational abalone processing facility on the ground level,” Filander says. He confirms two large steel pots filled with fluid from cooking (abalone) were found in one of the rooms.“Various items of equipment were found in a second room. A third room, the drying room, had numerous shelves and plastic crates filled with thousands of units of dried abalone. In the garage the members found a Hyundai panel van filled with crates of dried abalone,” Filander says. In addition to the abalone and vehicle, numerous items of equipment were seized, including the cooking pots, gas cylinders and burners, fans, drying shelves and a scale.The abalone is to be counted and weighed by officials from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, but the value is estimated at “quite a few million rand”, Filander says. Two men, aged 23 and 43, and a 45-year-old woman were arrested.