Port Elizabeth police in the Eastern Cape arrested three men on Tuesday night for the illegal possession of abalone worth R30 000.
Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Alwin Labans said members of the PE Flying Squad received information about abalone poaching activities at Noordhoek and conducted a stakeout with the assistance from the police’s K9 and Anti Poaching Units.
Labans said shortly before 7pm, the suspects were seen loading bags on to a vehicle before speeding away. A chase ensued, the vehicle was pulled over and was searched: “555 units of shelled and unshelled abalone was found on the backseat of the vehicle.”
The abalone was taken by Marine and Coastal members and three suspects were detained at Humewood Police Station.