Members of various law enforcement agencies made a huge abalone bust in Killarney Gardens earlier this week.
According to EWN, members of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) said that the multi-disciplinary unit was able to confiscate abalone with an estimated street value of R4.5 million during a search operation on Monday.
It is believed that the team also uncovered an illegal abalone drying facility.
Western Cape Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani said four suspects, aged between 24 and 39, were arrested and are expected to appear in court on Wednesday.
“The team found 8,993 units 2475,91 weighing kg of wet abalone kept in plastic buckets with an estimated street value of more than 4,5 million [rand],” she said.
In November, abalone with an estimated street value of R1,2 million was confiscated in the Delft police precinct.
This came a month after abalone valued at more than a quarter of a million rand was seized by members of the SAPS after a high-speed chase through Cape Town.
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