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Man arrested with abalone worth R7.1 million hidden in secret truck compartment

Nov 21, 2017
Man arrested with abalone worth R7.1 million hidden in secret truck compartment

The illegal trade in marine resources was dealt another blow on Monday, at about 18:30, when police from Swellendam SAPS and K9 Unit performed stop and search operations at the Swellendam weighbridge.

According to police spokesperson, Captain FC Van Wyk, officers pulled over a Hino truck and upon searching it they found a hidden compartment in it.

"In this compartment members found 1403.2kg of abalone and, when counted, it was found that there were 38 870 units of dry abalone, with an estimated street value of R7.1 million," he said.

"A 28-year-old man was arrested on charges related to the illegal possession and transportation of abalone.

"The Hino truck was also seized. The truck was en route to Gauteng."

The arrested suspect will appear in the Swellendam Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of illegal possession and transportation of abalone.

"Protecting our marine resources remains at the core of the SAPS’s mandate."