'Suspicious smell' leads to R5m abalone bust

2017-11-04 21:36


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Cape Town – A "suspicious smell" led police to arrest two suspects in possession of R5m worth of abalone in Caledon on Saturday, Western Cape police said.

In a statement, Western Cape police spokesperson FC Van Wyk said police received a complaint of a smell coming from a premises in Ian Toerien Street, Caledon Industrial, at roughly 11:00.

Van Wyk said police searched the premises where 67 258 units of abalone were found.

The two suspects, aged 29 and 32 were arrested.

The abalone, 648kg gas cylinders, 22 plastic tubs, one thermometer, two stainless steel burners, 3500 litre Jojo water tanks, a fridge, two deep freezers, 141 dry racks and digital scale and fans were also seized by police.

The suspects are due to appear in the Caledon Magistrates Court on Monday.

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