Abalone worth R250 000 confiscated in Somerset West
By Khanyisa Tabata
08 September 2011
A 45 year old suspect has been arrested in Somerset West for possession of Abalone worth of R 250 000.
Police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk says SAPS members received information of a suspicious Green Audi travelling from Caledon on the N2 direction Somerset West.
“The vehicle was spotted on the N2 by members from SAPS Flying Squad and the Dog Unit K9.
“A chase ensued between police and the suspicious vehicle when the driver refuses to stop, the vehicle was found in Sir Lowry’s Pass when the suspect tried to flee the scene,” said van Wyk.
Van Wyk added that the suspect was caught and arrested and 16 bags of abalone were found inside the vehicle containing 1644 units of abalone with a estimated street value of R 250 000.
“The abalone was handed over to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
“The 45 year old suspect who is currently in police custody will appear in the Somerset West Magistrate Court once he has been charged,” added van Wyk.