R8m worth of abalone seized

2018-11-06 06:00
Abalone worth R8m was discovered.

Abalone worth R8m was discovered.

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Police uncovered an illegal abalone processing facility in 5th Avenue, Rondebosch East, last Tuesday, after responding to a complaint of bad smells coming from a property.

Two men, aged 21 and 37, were arrested and charged with conducting illegal activity under the Living Marine Resources Act.

Police seized a total of 4200 units of shucked abalone and 16 105 units of dried abalone worth R8m.

The discovery occurred at 21:30, when the police found several containers filled with abalone inside a room, located alongside a kitchen. Two steel cooking pots, burners connected to a gas cylinder and other equipment were also found in the room.

In a different room, police found a fully equipped drying room with numerous shelves, which were stacked with abalone being dried.

This was not the only discovery for police.

In two other rooms they also found bags and crates containing dried abalone and in the outer buildings of the premises more equipment, such as gas cylinders, drying shelves, chest freezers, a scale and bags of salt.Sticks of burning incense were also found in the residence, say the police.

Both suspects appeared in Athlone Magistrate’ Court last Thursday and they remain in police custody and investigations continue.

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