R1.1 million worth of perlemoen seized in Port Elizabeth

MAY 12, 2015

Following a tip-off, the Port Elizabeth Tactical Task Force, K9 unit and Kabega Park Police on Tuesday morning seized 1.12 tonnes of perlemoen, also called abalone, bust in the city's Westering suburb. 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 and will appear in court soon for the illegal possession of abalone. 

The police spent more than five hours sorting out, defrosting and counting the 7 570 units of abalone. 

"The Task Force worked jointly with the K9 unit as well as the Kabega Park police station.

"A great big thanks to them all who put in the extra hours. We did respond on a tip-off. We searched his house in Westering where we found the abalone. We confiscated 4 deep freezers and a City Golf" Tactical Task Force Commander Tom Schwartz, told a local radio station.

R525 000 abalone bust in Hout Bay

Meanwhile, on Monday morning Hout Bay SAPS acted on a tip-off regarding abalone at a house in the Texas area of Hangberg.

The SAPS members went to the address and discovered five suspects busy cleaning and placing the abalone in blue plastic bags.

When the suspects saw the SAPS members approaching them they fled on foot into different directions. 

Eleven bags containing 100 abalone each  at 45 kg per bag and one bag containing 70 abalone at 30 kg were confiscated valued at R525 000.

Marine Coastal Management were contacted and the abalone and crayfish were handed over to them.  No arrests were made.

Image: R525k worth of abalone seized in Hout bay. image: SAPS.