Milnerton cluster police record many successes

FILE PICTURE: Abalone in plastic bags. Picture: William McIntosh/Gallo Images

FILE PICTURE: Abalone in plastic bags. Picture: William McIntosh/Gallo Images

An operation between the SA Police Service (SAPS) sea border unit, the Melkbosstrand SAPS, and the Melkbosstrand Neighbourhood Watch led to the recovery of 1518 shucked abalone, Western Cape Police said on Sunday.

A group of divers was observed on Saturday carrying and dragging bags along the beach on the high water mark in the direction of the Zoute River mouth in Melkbosstrand, spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said in a statement.

“After hours of being monitored the poachers buried the bags and they walked off towards Koeberg Power Station where they climbed the fence and crossed the nature reserve,” he said.

The authorities continued to keep an eye on the area where the bags were buried, hoping the poachers would return to collect them.

After hours of observation, it was decided to hand in the bags, as abandoned, to the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries department. None of the poachers were apprehended, but confiscating the abalone deterred their efforts in the long-run, Van Wyk said.

In other operations in the Milnerton police cluster this week, 45 houses were searched for drugs, 60 arrests were made, and 56.78g of tik and 510g of dagga were confiscated.

One stolen vehicle was recovered, and 11 raids on illegal shebeens led to the confiscation of 206 litres of alcohol. Three second-hand goods premises were visited to ensure they complied with regulations.

Seven tracing operations were conducted and 15 suspects arrested for various crimes. A total of 495 spaza shops were visited throughout the cluster, while 20 arrests were made for crimes against women and children. Two arrests were made for possession of an unlicensed firearm.


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