Five in dock for R6m abalone haul

2015-11-02 16:03
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Cape Town - Five men arrested with abalone valued at R6 million would appear in the Caledon Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, Western Cape police said.

An intelligence-driven operation took place in the early hours of Sunday morning on the R34 in Botrivier, spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said in a statement.

“At about 00:15 the suspects’ vehicle, a black Golf, was spotted and pursued. Two of the occupants managed to evade arrest when the car was pulled over, while two men in their thirties were arrested,” he said.

“Shortly afterwards the truck they were escorting was also pulled over. The occupants also escaped arrest.”

Further investigations led to the arrest of three more suspects for the alleged possession of abalone.

The men are aged 25, 26, 27, 43 and 45.

The haul weighed about four tons, Traut added.

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