East London suspect arrested with more than R200 000 worth of abalone

AUGUST 27, 2015

A suspect in his fifties is expected to appear in the East London Magistrate’s Court soon after he was arrested with perlemoen, also called abalone, worth more than R200 000 during an intelligence-driven operation in East London on Wednesday morning.

Police reportedly arrived at a house in the city's Gonubie suburb with a search warrant and the owner "willingly" led them to a big chest freezer in the garage where 25 packets of frozen de-shelled perlemoen was stored.

After defrosting, 1 576 units of abalone were seized. About 669 units of dried abalone were also recovered in the same garage. The combined street value of the abalone is estimated at more than R200 000.

Numerous items linked to the illegal harvesting of perlemoen were also confiscated.