R500 000 worth of abalone confiscated in Gqeberha

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R500 000 worth of abalone is in the hands of the Gqeberha police after receiving a tip off of abalone poachers.

MORE THAN 2 500 ABALONE FOUND

A total of 2 536 units of was found in a Nissan Navara. Police seized the vehicle, spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said.

“The vehicle has been impounded for further investigation,” Naidu said.

POLICE TRACED POACHERS

Police traced information about suspected poachers in Redhouse village in Gqeberha.

Upon tracing the information, the suspected vehicle was found around 01:00 on Saturday morning, said Naidu.

“The K9 unit members chased after the vehicle and succeeded in stopping in Deare Street, Redhouse. The suspects jumped out of the vehicle and ran into bushes.”

Colonel Priscilla Naidu

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Police have confiscated R500 000 worth of poached abalone in Gqeberha. The abalone was found in a Nissan Navara. PHOTO: SAPS

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An inquiry docket is opened for investigation, she said.

GQEBERHA ABALONE POACHING KINGPINS

Two alleged abalone poaching kingpins would be returning to the Gqeberha Magistrate’s Court next month.

Raymond Taylor, 52, and Roland Hudson, 47, could face a further charge of racketeering.

At their last appearance, the court heard from the State and defence that a racketeering certificate was still pending.

The two were arrested in an operation by the SA National Parks (SANParks) by an undercover agent during operation Project Perfect Storm.

Taylor and Hudson allegedly offered a bribe to a field ranger from Addo Elephant National Park to give them information on when it would be safe to get into Algoa Bay’s Bird Island.

Taylor and Hudson are out on bail of R150 000 and R20 000 respectively. The two are expected back in court on 26 August.

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Last month, police arrested a suspect in Komani, Eastern Cape, for transporting abalone worth thousands of rands.

Police had received information of a vehicle coming from East London.

Abalone valued at R184 950 was recovered and the suspect was arrested for two counts.

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