During a multidisciplinary operation between the SAPS, Provincial Traffic and Metro Police, a 45-year-old man’s luck ran out when he was arrested at a roadblock in Stanford Road this morning, September 17, with a substantial number of abalone in the boot of his car.
At approximately 10:00, police were conducting a roadblock near the old terminus in Windvogel when a silver VW Golf GTI was pulled over at the vehicle check point. The vehicle and boot were searched, and police found four black and one blue plastic bag in the boot.
Police spokesperson, Col. Priscilla Naidu, said that upon questioning the nervous driver, he indicated that the bags contained frozen meat. “Upon inspecting the bags, a total of 349 units of abalone, weighing 70kg, was discovered. The estimated value of the molluscs is R251 280,” Naidu said.
He was arrested on a charge of the illegal possession of abalone and is expected to appear in the Gelvandale Magistrates Court on Monday, September 20.
In an unrelated incident, two members from the Gqeberha K9-Unit confiscated abalone worth R80 000 yesterday afternoon, September 16.
At about 14:30, the members were training a K9-mutt along the coast in Marine Drive when they spotted an unknown person sporting diving equipment exiting the water.
“When the person spotted the members, he went back into the water and swam away. With the assistance of a private poaching company, a bag was retrieved from the water. A total of 126 units of abalone was confiscated,” Naidu explained.
Acting Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Brig. Thandiswa Kupiso, reiterated that the illegal exploitation of these animals must be stopped. “Abalone poaching is rampant along our coastline and as law enforcement we will endeavour to minimise the threats and clamp down on lucrative syndicates,” Kupiso warned.