Following an investigation into alleged illegal abalone activity, officials from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the SAPS Cape Town K9 Unit raided a warehouse in Link Road, Gordon’s Bay yesterday.
After a sniffer the dog indicated a positive signal to his handler, the premises was entered and it was discovered that the warehouse contained a fully operational abalone processing facility.
Numerous items of equipment were found in various rooms in the premises, including large stainless steel cooking pots, gas burners and cylinders, scales and large plastic washing containers.
Three freezers containing shucked abalone were also recovered.
Thereafter the Police found two large drying rooms containing between 17 000 and 20 000 units of perlemoen.
The value of this dried abalone is estimated at approximately R 3 million.
Although no arrests were made, the investigation is ongoing.