GQEBERHA – A joint intelligence driven operation between SAPS Public Order Policing, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Affairs, Sanparks and a private company led to the arrest of two suspects and confiscation of abalone on Friday 3 February 2023 in West End.

It is alleged that on the abovementioned date at approximately 15:30 a search warrant was executed at a business premises in West End. During the search a total of 7388 units of abalone and a green Toyota bakkie with an estimated value of R1.8 million was confiscated. The suspects aged 59 and 30 were detained on charges of contravening the Marine Living Resource Act, 19 of 1998 Regulation 36 sub sect 1 – illegal possession of abalone and will appear in the Gqeberha magistrate Monday 6 February 2023.

Source: South African Police Service