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Abalone Bust: Two Suspects Arrested on N2

Michael Hawthorne

In a successful operation conducted by the Harare Crime Prevention Unit, two suspects were apprehended in the Western Cape for possession of abalone. The arrests were made during a stop and search operation on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

The police members acted on operationalized information about a Silver Toyota Etios allegedly transporting abalone. At approximately 10:00, the officers, stationed at the Harare Crime Prevention unit, proceeded to the Baden Powel Drive intersection at the N2 highway. Their vigilance paid off when they spotted the mentioned vehicle and instructed the driver to pull over.

Upon searching the vehicle and its occupants, the police confiscated a consignment of abalone concealed in two bags. The three male suspects, aged between 27 and 29, were subsequently arrested on charges of possession of abalone.

The suspects are scheduled to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrates Court today to face the mentioned charges. The Western Cape SAPS Spokesperson, Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi, confirmed the arrests and highlighted the dedication of the police members in tackling illegal activities, particularly those related to the poaching and trafficking of abalone.

Abalone poaching has been a persistent issue in the region, with law enforcement agencies working tirelessly to curb this illegal trade. The successful operation by the Harare Crime Prevention Unit is a testament to the ongoing efforts to protect marine resources and maintain the integrity of the Western Cape’s ecosystems.

The Western Cape SAPS encourages the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to illegal wildlife trade. The arrests send a strong message that authorities are committed to tackling the illicit trade of abalone and preserving the marine environment for future generations.


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