Big perlemoen bust in Pelican Heights

Abalone with an estimated value of R7 million, was confiscated and three people were arrested for the possession thereof, in Osprey Road, Pelican Heights, on Thursday June 23, at 10.30am.

Captain Stephen Knapp, of Muizenberg police, said members of the Cape Town dog unit investigated a house after receiving information about the possible storage of abalone, there.

“After searching the premises, members came upon 30 139 shucked and dried abalone.

“A thorough search of the house revealed various forms of equipment used for the processing of the abalone and this included boiling tanks and drying racks.

“The abalone, which has an estimated value in excess of R7 million was confiscated and three arrests were affected for the possession thereof.”

A woman, 44, and two men, aged 23 and 43 respectively, were arrested.

Captain Knapp said the woman was later released while the two men remained in police custody.

They will appear in the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court, this week on charges related to the Marine Living Resources Act.