Port Elizabeth Abalone wars: Tactical Task Force makes second big seizure in less than 24hrs

MAY 29, 2015

Members of the Port Elizabeth Tactical Task Force on Friday made another big perlemoen bust along Marine Drive in Port Elizabeth. During the operation was carried out in conjunction with officials from the Department of Fisheries, 866 units of perlemoen, also called abalone, with an estimated street value of around R200 000 were seized.

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

The Tactical Task Force reportedly received a tip-off about a car in Marine Drive that had abalone. After following the vehicle, a VW Jetta, into Sherwood, Task Team members swooped on the driver as he disembarked the vehicle.

They recovered 1011 units of abalone which were found packed in blue plastic bags in the vehicle. The car was confiscated and the 23-year-old driver was arrested.

The two busts follow a similar seizure in May when, following a tip-off, the Tactical Task Force, K9 unit and Kabega Park Police seized 1.12 tonnes of perlemoen in Westering. Valued at more than R1.1 million, it is reportedly the biggest bust of its kind in Port Elizabeth this year.

A 30-year-old suspect was arrested at the scene for the illegal possession of abalone.  

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