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Abalone poaching suspects nabbed

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks)

EASTERN CAPE - The Gqeberha Economic Protected Resources Section of Serious Organised Crime Investigation (SOCI) of the Hawks jointly with Dark Water Operations Security and Local Criminal Record Centre members arrested a 23 and 24-year-old suspect for charges of possession of abalone on 20 June 2024.

It is alleged that on 20 June 2024 at about 13:00, Gqeberha SOCI members received information about a white Ford Bantam bakkie that would be transporting abalone to a house situated in Veins a suburb in Kariega. The members reportedly patrolled in Veins area and later at about 13:30 the bakkie was spotted reversing into residential premises in Malan Crescent. Two suspects allegedly alighted from the bakkie carrying a clear plastic bag into the house. The members approached the house and found the same two suspects returning to the bakkie.

The two suspects were intercepted by the members while returning to the bakkie and were taken back to the house where two bags of abalone were allegedly found on the bedroom floor. The abalone bags contained 357 units of abalone weighing 40 kg worth R40 000. Upon further search, diving equipment and a cellphone worth R60 000 were also found and confiscated. The Ford bakkie which is suspected of having been used as instrumentality in the commission of a crime with an estimated cash value of R70 000 was also seized during the search operation.

The two suspects were arrested on the spot and will make their first court appearance in Kariega Magistrates' Court on Monday 24 June 2024.

The joint team is commended by the Acting Provincial Head Brigadier Fernando Luis for the swift response and successful tracing and apprehension of the suspects. 


Captain Yolisa Mgolodela
071 481 2429

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