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Abalone worth R1 million seized in Mfuleni after cops notice suspicious van

Nov 7, 2017
Abalone worth R1 million seized in Mfuleni after cops notice suspicious van

The illegal trade in marine resources was dealt a blow on Monday night when police from the Flying Squad confiscated abalone worth an estimated R1 million along Eersteriver Road, Mfuleni, in Cape Town.

"The members, who were patrolling noticed a suspicious light delivery vehicle (LDV) and they stopped the vehicle.

"Upon searching it, 5 553 units of abalone were found inside 55 bags," police said.

"A preliminary investigation that was conducted on the scene also revealed that the Toyota Hilux bakkie had been reported as hijacked in Kleinvlei during this month."

Three men aged 36, 42 and 46 years, were arrested and, once charged, will appear in the Blue Downs Magistrates’ Court.

"Protecting our marine resources remains at the core of the SAPS's mandate," police said.

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