Port Elizabeth abalone wars: another R180 000 abalone bust

JULY 13, 2015

Port Elizabeth police have reportedly made another major abalone bust after seizing around 180 kilograms of perlemoen in a joint operation with the Abalone Tactical Task Force and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The joint operation targeted a house in Kamma Park on Sunday, where they discovered the abalone believed to be worth R180 000.

One person was arrested at the scene, and police confiscated three deep freezers and a bakkie.

The suspect will appear in court soon.

Early this month, a SAPS-driven Operation Fiela seized abalone, valued at R3 million, at two separate premises in Gelvandale and arrested two suspected gangsters. 

In May, members of the Port Elizabeth Tactical Task Force, in conjuction with the Department of Fisheries, made a big perlemoen bust along Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, and recovered 866 units of perlemoen with an estimated street value of around R200 000.

The previous day, the Tactical Task Force and the SAPS had seized more than 1000 units of abalone valued at R260 000 outside a house in Sherwood.

In April, two suspects were arrested and 75 kg (691 units) of abalone to the value of R30 000 were recovered in a joint operation between the SAPS and a private security company in Port Elizabeth. 

Read more on the Port Elizabeth abalone wars:

WHY PORT ELIZABETH GANGSTERS HAD R3 MILLION WORTH OF POACHED ABALONE

PORT ELIZABETH ABALONE WARS: TACTICAL TASK FORCE MAKES SECOND BIG SEIZURE IN LESS THAN 24HRS

TWO BUST WITH 691 UNITS OF ABALONE IN PORT ELIZABETH