In two separate incidents, law enforcement in Cape Town was able to seize abalone and drugs worth millions of rands.
At around 6:15am on Wednesday morning, abalone with an estimated street value of R1,2 million was confiscated in the Delft police precinct.
Members of Metro Police were conducting patrols on the R300 freeway when they noticed two suspicious vehicles.
The vehicles sped off when they noticed the marked car.
“The officers pursued and managed to stop one of the vehicles on the R300 and the other one sped off,” said police spokesperson, Captain Frederick van Wyk. “Upon searching the said vehicle, the officers found fourteen black bags on the back seat, containing abalone.”
Members of the Maitland Flying Squad assisted Metro Police by pursuing and catching up with the other vehicle that sped away. They stopped the vehicle further down the R300 and arrested the driver.
“Two suspects aged 35 and 36 were arrested for the possession of abalone without a permit and for transporting abalone.”
Once charged, the suspects will appear in the Bellville Magistrates court.
Meanwhile, also in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Milnerton SAPS Crime Prevention members received information regarding drugs at an apartment near a shopping mall in Milnerton.
“The members reacted to the information given to them by their reliable source and secured success,” Van Wyk added. “On their arrival they found two foreign national males, aged 27 and 29 respectively, together with a young South African female aged 22.”
“The members searched the flat and found a large quantity of drugs, covered in brown plastic bags and sealed with green tape that contained mandrax, tik and cocaine.”
“The drugs were destined to be taken away the same evening to dealers. A total of 65 420 mandrax tablets, 34 plastic bags containing tik and a smaller bag containing cocaine were confiscated at the flat.”
The estimated street value of the drugs is still to be determined.
“All three suspects were arrested for possession and dealing in drugs and will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s court today.”