Information from South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that a large shipment of abalone destined for export have been seized.
The value of the shipment is estimated at R38 million.
First, SAPS detective discovered a huge shipment of dried and frozen abalone with an estimated value of R8 million while they were conducted an operation at a cold storage in Paarden Island.
With that, further investigation was initiated and it led the crime fighters to Table Bay Harbour. There, they uncovered a 40 foot container filled with dried and frozen abalone.
Packed in boxes and destined for export, the value of the abalone according to SAPS, is R30 million.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the container and contents were seized with the assistance of The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).
Divulging that the R38 million abalone bust emanates from a previous arrest of four suspects for the illegal possession of abalone at two warehouses, SAPS related that no arrests in connection with the seizure have been made.
However, SAPS celebrated the abalone bust saying it’s “a major blow to the illegal abalone trade.”
Adding that they are “a step closer in breaking the back of a syndicate who is responsible for the export of our marine resources,” SAPS proclaimed that their investigation into the circumstances are far from over.
The population of abalone are said to be critically low. This is so because poaching enforces the over-exploitation of abalone.
Abalone problem in South Africa is traced to local community members who are paid money or handed drugs by syndicates to illegally remove abalone from the ocean.
Meanwhile, police in KwaZulu-Natal conducted various operations in the province in order to get rid of drugs.
The operations were conducted at Margate, Port Edward, KwaDukuza and Wentworth areas.
As learnt, a total of 20 suspects were arrested for possession of drugs. And, heroin, rock of cocaine, cocaine powder, dagga, magic mushrooms and cash were seized during the operations.
Already, they have appeared in various courts at South Coast and KwaDukuza area.