Stripped abalone found on N2

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Three Malawians were arrested on Sunday after they were caught with a large quantity of abalone on the N2 highway near Sedgefield in the Western Cape.

According to Sgt. Christopher Spies, police spokesperson, members attached to the Knysna crime prevention unit in collaboration with provincial traffic officers caught the suspects at around 21:20 at a roadblock.

“The team stopped a Kia Picanto, after which the police came across 486 units of abalone. Preliminary investigations indicate that the vehicle was en route from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town.

“All three occupants were immediately arrested for the illegal possession of abalone,” says Spies.

The three men, respectively aged 28, 34 and 36, remain in custody until they are expected to appear in the Knysna Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

The Western Cape police management praised those involved in the arrests and seizures for their good work.

Police say the strategic deployment of police and other law enforcement officers is crucial in the fight against poaching and smuggling of live marines