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R1m worth of Abalone seized in Burgundy Estate
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Abalone worth an estimated street value of R1m was seized in Burgundy Estate yesterday morning (Wednesday 12 September).

According to a statement from provincial police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, officers of the Western Cape Flying Squad conducting an intelligence driven operation and spotted an Opel Corsa in De Wingerd Avenue.

They pulled the car over and on searching it discovered a false compartment between the back seat and built-in speakers in the boot. 

Further investigation led the police to the home of the suspect where bags containing shucked abalone and four scales were found in a courtyard.

Equipment generally used in illegal abalone processing facilities – which includes large steel cooking pots, gas cylinders and burners, fans, large plastic containers and bags of salt – were found in the bedroom.

A total of 2064 units of abalone were found worth an estimated street value of a R1m.  A 45-year-old man was arrested and will appear in the Parow Magistrate’s Court on Friday 14 September.

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