The officers from Cape Town’s flying squad have uncovered an illegal abalone processing facility in Montague Gardens on Tuesday.
According to police spokesperson Capt FC van Wyk, the successful raid, which led to the seizure of abalone worth millions of rands, dealt a “significant blow to the illegal abalone trade”.
“Members seized 19,032 dry abalone, 5,064 wet abalone, R179,680 in cash and two vehicles – a Mercedes Sprinter and a Chevrolet LDV,” van Wyk said, adding that the specialists were determining the exact value of the party.
Four foreigners, aged 45, 50, 54 and 56, were arrested during the operation. They are due to appear in the Cape Town magistrates’ court in the upcoming days.