Police make R530 000 abalone bust

Two men were arrested on Monday with abalone worth almost R530 000, say police. Picture: SAPS.

Two men, aged 36 and 40, will appear in court again next month after they were caught with abalone to the value of almost R530 000, say police

The suspects, who were arrested on Monday, were allegedly transporting the abalone to Franschhoek, say police.

“The members did observation on the R45-route and upon spotting the white BMW sedan, they pulled the car with two occupants over and ensued with a search.

“They discovered a total of 21 bags of abalone which were concealed in the boot and cabin of the vehicle,” said provincial police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Pojie.

The suspects appeared in the Paarl Magistrate’s Court, on Wednesday, charged with the illegal possession of abalone, and the case was postponed until Tuesday January 16 for further investigation.

The suspects remain in police custody.

Police say the men were transporting the abalone to Franschhoek. Picture: SAPS.