JOHANNESBURG, September 9 – Two men were arrested for possession of abalone with an estimated street value of R6 million in Khayelitsha, Western Cape police said.
Constable Zak Marais said that at around 1.45am on Friday, the South African Police Service provincial tracing unit saw smoke coming out of a house in Kume Street while tracing suspects.
“The police went to investigate at the premises and announced themselves at the door. When no one responded or opened the door, the members became suspicious and entered the house to investigate. A search was conducted and police discovered 39 pallets with dry abalone,” Marais said.
“Further investigation led to an additional 16 boxes of abalone being discovered. The total amount of abalone found is estimated to have a street value of R6 million.”
Marais said the two men, aged 34 and 36, were arrested for possession of abalone and will appear in court soon.