South Africa: Abalone worth R10 million, two suspects arrested in Mowbray

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The observations of two police members, while attending to a house robbery compliant, resulted in the arrest of two suspects, a male and a female both aged in their thirties, for being in possession of abalone worth at an estimated R10 million.

During the early hours of this morning, 12 October 2018, the members were alerted that seven male suspects perpetrated a house robbery in Strubens Road, Mowbray. While attending to the complaint, the members noticed that the residence is being used as an abalone processing plant, and decided to search premises. This led to the discovery of abalone and equipment to process abalone for export purposes.

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The arrested suspects claimed that they were tied up by seven suspects who fled the scene with abalone, where after they made alarm and notified police. They are expected to make a court appearance in Wynberg on Monday to face a charge for the illegal possession of abalone.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape police, Lt Gen KE Jula commended his members for their vigilance and efforts to address the lucrative abalone trade in this province.

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