Western Cape police arrest 5 suspected abalone poachers

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CAPE TOWN, August 10 – Five suspected abalone poachers were arrested in two separate incidents on Friday morning, Western Cape police said.

Officers on patrol in Fish Hoek pulled over a light delivery vehicle in the early hours of the morning.

“The vehicle was stopped and one of the occupants was still in his diving gear. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 101 units of abalone,” police said in a statement.

In a separate “intelligence-driven operation”, police searched a vehicle where they found several bags of abalone. The 34-year-old driver from Hout Bay was arrested.

“Not far from there, a parked Audi was searched and more bags of abalone were found. The second suspect, a 27-year-old man from the Northern Cape was arrested.”

The suspects would appear in Simon’s Town and Cape Town magistrates courts once charged.

– African News Agency (ANA)