Drama unfolds in R2m perlemoen bust

2016-10-18 21:25
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Cape Town – Blood, adrenaline, and drama were involved in a sting operation that netted R2m worth of perlemoen (abalone) in Somerset West.

It started when agriculture, forestry and fisheries officials pulled over men in two vehicles on the Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road on Monday morning, Western Cape Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha said on Tuesday.

One of the vehicles sped off and knocked over one of the officials.

“The official, who sustained minor injuries, instinctively reacted and fired at the bakkie, bringing it to a sudden stop about 500 metres away,” he said.

“The suspect then got out and fled the scene, leaving a trail of blood in the vehicle.”

About 11 941 units of wet abalone, with an estimated street value of just under R2m, were found in the vehicles.

Ramovha said they launched a manhunt for the man who ran off. Investigations led officers to Bredasdorp Hospital, where he had gone to seek help for a gunshot wound to his hand.

The men, aged 31 and 36, were charged with alleged contravention of the Marine Living Resources Act.

One would face an additional charge of attempted murder. They were expected to appear in the Strand Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Read more on:    cape town  |  poaching  |  marine life  |  crime

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