Members of the Cape Town dog unit acted on a tip-off and found 30 139 shucked dried abalone at a house in Osprey Road, Pelican Heights, on Thursday 24 June.
Captain Stephen Knapp, Muizenberg police spokesperson, says: “A thorough search of the house revealed various forms of equipment used for the processing of the abalone and this included boiling tanks and drying racks. The abalone, which has an estimated value of R7m, was confiscated and three suspects were arrested,” he says.
The suspects include a 44-year-old women and two men, aged 23 and 43. “The female was later released while the two males remain in police custody. They appeared in the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Monday) on charges related to the Marine Living Resources Act,” says Knapp.
Colonel Ismail Daniels, Muizenberg police station commander, congratulated the officers on their success and praised the community for providing the information that led to the arrest.