Western Cape cops arrest two for transporting R2m worth of abalone

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Western Cape police have arrested two men and seized abalone valued at more than R2 million.
Western Cape police have arrested two men and seized abalone valued at more than R2 million.
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Western Cape police have seized abalone valued at more than R2 million in a bust in Cape Town on Sunday.

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Two men were arrested during the bust in Brackenfell, said Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi.

"Brackenfell police members were busy with patrols earlier [on Sunday] when they spotted a double cab Ford Ranger [and the suspects] loading boxes onto a truck. The members called for backup and managed to stop the truck near the corners of Viben and Petersen Roads," said Swartbooi

The officers inspected the truck's cargo and found 12 boxes containing dried abalone.

The estimated street value of the abalone is around R2 million. The abalone was confiscated, and two men aged 26 and 36 were arrested, said Swartbooi.

"Once charged, they are expected to make a court appearance in the Blue Downs Magistrate's Court on a charge of possession of abalone," said Swartbooi.

In August, a 29-year-old man was arrested for allegedly transporting abalone worth R1.2 million on the N2, near Caledon.

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