Port Elizabeth police arrest five in R372 000 abalone bust

FEBRUARY 8, 2016

Five suspects, aged between 25-35 years, are expected in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, after they were arrested by police on a charge of illegal possession of abalone.

"It is alleged that on Saturday, at about 20:00, police in Kabega Park were following up on information of alleged illegal abalone activities when they spotted a suspicious white Isuzu bakkie on the N2," police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, said. 

"Kabega police, with the assistance of the Port Elizabeth Flying squad, followed the vehicle. After realising that the police were following them, the vehicle sped off in the direction of Gelvandale. 

"The vehicle later crashed into a wall in Bell Street."

Three occupants were arrested and a large quantity of abalone was seized from the vehicle.

"Further investigations led police back to a house in Rowallan Park, also in Port Lizabeth, where an alleged housebreaking took place. 

"Five freezers were found in the garage filled with abalone," Naidu said.

"The two occupants of the house were arrested."

The total confiscation of abalone was 620 kg’s with an estimated street value of R372 000.