CAPE TOWN– Police in South Africa’s Western Cape Province have confiscated close to 15 Rand (about 1.04 million US dollars) million worth of illegally harvested abalone and arrested two suspects during two busts over the weekend.
In the first seizure, police officers arrested a 20-year-old Chinese national and 30-year-old Zimbabwean man in Parow, Johannesburg, at an abalone drying plant where 5.4 million Rand worth of the delicacy was confiscated.
Western Cape Police spokesperson AndrA Traut said here Monday that following the men’s arrest, officers were led to another drying plant in Tygerdal, in cape Town where Police seized abalone and equipment worth an estimated 9.5 million Rand. No arrest was made.
Traut said the police considered the operation a step closer towards breaking the back of the lucrative abalone trade in Western Cape.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK