Vehicle search leads to arrest and confiscation of illegally transported crayfish

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On Monday, 13 June 2016, members from the Cape Town K9 Unit received information of a vehicle illegally transporting marine resources to Cape Town and conducted patrols in the vicinity of Gordon’s Bay. At approximately 19:30, they spotted the vehicle and while pursuing the vehicle, they noticed another suspicious vehicle travelling on the N2 Freeway in the direction of Cape Town. The information was conveyed to the Western Cape Flying Squad.

Shortly thereafter, the K9 members stopped the first vehicle in Dennehof Street and searched the vehicle. Plastic bags containing 57 size whole crayfish, 47 undersize whole crayfish, 2 013 crayfish tails and 10 shucked abalone with an estimated value of R61 500-00 were recovered from a fridge on the back of the vehicle. Five me were arrested and the vehicle was also seized.

Meanwhile the Flying Squad pulled over the second vehicle in Baden Powell Drive, Macassar and recovered 13 bags of abalone. In total, 1 055 units of shucked abalone with an estimated value of R105 500-00 were seized, together with the vehicle. Another man was arrested.

All six men are to appear in the Strand Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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