R10m abalone factory bust



April 19, 2016
R10m abalone factory bust

A total of 37 936 units of dried abalone were seized

Two Chinese foreign nationals were nabbed with 2.2 tons of perly after cops received a tip-off

Cops on the West Coast arrested two Chinese men and confiscated nearly 2.2 tons of perly worth nearly R10 million yesterday.

Police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana says cops reacted to a tip-off about suspicious activities on a smallholding outside Langebaan.

“At 7am they entered a warehouse situated alongside Langebaan Road where they uncovered an illegal abalone processing facility.

A total of 37 936 units of dried abalone were seized.

During the raid, cops also discovered a hydroponics marijuana laboratory and a hothouse used to grow the dagga.

The suspects, aged 31 and 35, are expected to appear in Hopefield Magistrates’ Court today.

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