Western Cape Police bust perlemoen poachers

The Cape Town Dog Unit (K9) and the Stellenbosch Crime Intelligence unit of the South African Police recovered 14 bags of shucked perlemoen and arrested a 37 year old suspect who will appear in court today.

Perlemoen worth R 500 000 recovered in Cape Town. Photo: SAPS
Perlemoen worth R 500 000 recovered in Cape Town. Photo: SAPS

The Police had received information about alleged illegal abalone activity and discovered the perlemoen, valued at R 190 000 in a garage.
Early yesterday morning, the same members from the Cape Town K9 Unit had just completed their duty shift and departed for home.
Shortly after 06:00 they noticed a heavy loaded white Audi A4 travelling on the N2, opposite Lwandle, Strand, in the direction of Cape Town.
As they approached the vehicle the driver accelerated and a high speed chase ensued, from the N2, via Baden Powell Drive and then the R102 (van Riebeeck Road) to Eerste River.
During the chase the Audi attempted to ram the police vehicle from the road and also damaged a civilian vehicle which he bumped.
Upon entering Eerste River the passenger jumped out of the Audi and shortly thereafter the vehicle was stopped in Porter Close.
Upon searching the vehicle the police recovered 21 bags of shucked abalone from inside the vehicle and the boot.
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The driver, a 19 year old man from Heideveld was arrested and shortly thereafter the passenger, a 37 year old man from Hawston, was arrested nearby by the Western Cape Flying Squad.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries were summoned to the scene to count the abalone.
It amounted to 2 545 units with an estimated value of R500 000-00.
The men are due to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrates Court on Friday 14 November.

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