Two men were arrested and are due to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court after Western Cape police seized abalone valued at nearly R2 million in Cape Town on Sunday.
According to Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi, “Brackenfell police members were busy with patrols… when they spotted a double cab Ford Ranger, loading boxes onto a truck.
“The members called for backup and managed to stop the truck near to the corners of Viben and Petersen Roads and inspected the cargo.”
A total of 12 boxes containing dried abalone with a street value of nearly R2 million were confiscated while the two males aged 26 and 36 were arrested and detained, Swartbooi adds.
Meanwhile, in August, a 29-year-old man was arrested for allegedly transporting abalone worth R1.2 million on the N2, near Caledon.
Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said, “The vehicle was subsequently stopped and searched, and found to be containing bags of abalone.
“The driver could not produce a valid licence to transport the abalone and was immediately arrested.”