CAPE TOWN – Another big Abalone bust has been made in the West area – this time, though, from a suspect driving down one of the busiest arterial roads in Table View.
Police say a 54-year-old man was arrested in Wood Drive, Table View, after more than 200 kilogram of abalone was found in his possession.
This is the third big abalone bust in the past three months.
In July this year abalone worth R5.5 million was confiscated in Milnerton, with 14 suspects being arrested during this bust. Shark fins were also found in their possession. The police also confiscated r50 000 cash at the time.
Two weeks later, in August, a 32-year-old Congolese was taken into custody for being in possession of dried abalone worth R23 357. The police also found 3915 units of wet abalone and variety of equipment at the house in Madeira Crescent, Table View, where he was arrested. Here the suspect was allegedly operating a fish processing plant.
The most recent bust was on Tuesday 19 September.
The destination for the abalone is still unclear, however.
“It was handed over to the Department of Fisheries,” says Captain Adriana Chandler, police spokesperson.
She says information was relayed to Goodwood police officers in an unmarked vehicle, a Peugeot, was observed in Wood Drive, Table View, and the officers stopped, searched and arrested the man.
The 54-year-old suspect from Lavender Hill, who has previous similar convictions, appeared in the Cape Town’s Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 21 September.
The current case is being investigated by the police’s Organised Crime Unit.
Source: Tyger Burger
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