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Two men face charges of illegal possession of crayfish tails worth R1.1 million

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Western Cape


On Friday, 11 March 2022 members attached to the West Coast Flying Squad arrested two suspects aged 19 and 36 for  possession of crayfish tails on the Paternoster Road direction Vredenburg.

The members received information about a white Ford Ranger with two occupants transporting the crayfish tails. The vehicle was spotted and pulled over. Upon searching the vehicle, the members found bags filled with crayfish tails in the back of the vehicle. A total of 17 534 tails were counted with an estimated street value of R1,1 million.

The suspects are due to make a court appearance in the Vredenburg Magistrates court on Monday 14 March 2022.

In an unrelated matter, a 64-year-old male was arrested in Riebeeck West for the possession of stolen property and damaging of essential infrastructure Friday afternoon at about 12:00.

Riebeeck West police received information about copper cables at an address.

Upon visiting the premises and following up the information they found several copper cables. The suspect could not give a valid reason as to where he got the cables.

The suspect will appear in the Riebeeck West Magistrates court on Monday on the mentioned charges.


Sergeant Wesley Twigg
082 379 0034



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