Two in court for possession of crabs worth R150 000

Crabs recovered by police on the East Rand. Pic: Bedfordview Edenvale News

Two Mozambican nationals are expected to appear in the Germiston Magistrates’ Court today after they were arrested for illegal possession of crabs in Bedfordview, on the East Rand.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Mduduzi Nhlabathi said police were conducting a stop-and-search operation on the roads when they notice a red bakkie. Police stopped the vehicle and searched it. They found 26 boxes carrying crabs weighing about 300kg, said to be worth about R150 000.

“A man, 28, and a woman, 25, were arrested, as they did not have a permit to transport the crabs. It is believed the crabs were smuggled from Mozambique to be sold in shops around the country,” added Nhlabathi.

In a separate incident, 3 000 juvenile crocodiles were found while being transported illegally from Crammond, KwaZulu-Natal, to Limpopo in April.

N3TC officers spotted the crocodiles looking out of the cargo hold as they drove past and stopped the truck. When the officers questioned the driver, they discovered the permit to transport the crocodiles had expired.

Chaos ensued, and some of the crocs, less than a metre long, managed to break free, and one was killed by a passing vehicle.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife communications manager Musa Mntambo said wildlife officers were searching for the two missing crocs.

– Caxton News Service

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