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Port Elizabeth police seize abalone worth R1 million, arrest alleged poachers

May 21, 2019
Port Elizabeth police seize abalone worth R1 million, arrest alleged poachers

Port Elizabeth abalone poachers had 481 units of abalone

Port Elizabeth - Port Elizabeth K9 unit members arrested four alleged abalone poachers on Monday afternoon after they received a call for assistance from the Dark Water Ops -  also called the anti- abalone poaching unit.

"It is alleged that at about 12:00 on Monday, the anti- poaching unit observed suspicious activity at Noordhoek beach in Marine Drive," described police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The K9 unit members were contacted for assistance."

She said that a diver retrieved two large bags containing fresh abalone from the water -  about 481 units.

"The estimated street value of the abalone is over R1 million," Col Naidu said.

"Diving equipment and a silver grey Citroen belonging to the suspects was also confiscated."

She added that the suspects, aged between 32 and 51 years old, were detained on a charge of illegal possession of abalone.

"They are expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's on Tuesday."

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