Cops net R33m worth abalone in bust

2013-07-26 20:08

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Johannesburg - Three men were arrested for being in possession of abalone (perlemoen) worth an estimated R33m, Eastern Cape police said on Friday.

The haul, weighing about 1.6 tons, was found on a farm about 10km from Alexandria on Thursday after police were alerted, police spokesperson Luvuyo Mjekula said.

Two of the men were Chinese nationals while the third was the farm's owner.

The abalone and equipment, such as electric fans, freezers, gas cylinders and burners, were seized.

The men would appear in the Alexandria Magistrate's Court, near Kenton-on-Sea, on Monday.

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