Port Elizabeth abalone wars: Prison warder bust with abalone worth R300 000

AUGUST 5, 2015

In another victory against abalone poachers, Port Elizabeth police on Tuesday bust a prison warder, who was reportedly on stress leave, with twenty-nine bags of abalone valued at more than R300 000.

The abalone, weighing about 350 kg, was seized at the 44 year-old correctional services officer's home opposite the North End Prison in Port Elizabeth. Two deep freezers were confiscated during the operation.

He is expected to appear in court on Friday. 

According to police, the bust was the culmination of a two week-long investigation involving the Port Elizabeth Tactical Task Force, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the police. 

This year alone, Port Elizabeth police have seized abalone worth over R4 million from poachers and organised crime syndicates.

In July, abalone weighing around 180 kilograms, or worth R180 000, was seized at a house in Kamma Park.

Early that 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:

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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