PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - A 32-year old suspected abalone poacher is due to appear in the Plettenberg Bay Magistrate’s Court later today, Thursday 25 February, after he was found in possession of abalone with an estimated street value of R100 000 near The Crags in Plettenberg Bay.
He was arrested during a joint operation between police, rangers of South African National Parks and local security companies.
According to Southern Cape police spokesperson, Sgt Chris Spies, rangers spotted a suspicious-looking Volkswagen Amarok bakkie in the vicinity of The Crags on Tuesday 23 February.
“Later that evening at about 21:15, the vehicle was again seen in the bushes in the area. However, while members approached the vehicle, a group of people managed to flee the scene on foot and abandoned the vehicle,” he said.
A chase ensued and one person was arrested. Five bags containing 565 abalone were found in the bushes near the vehicle.
“This suspect, believed to be from Gansbaai, is still in custody until his court appearance later today. He is facing a charge of possession of abalone. His accomplices are yet to be arrested. Detectives of the Oudtshoorn Stock Theft and Endangered Species unit are probing this matter,” said Spies.
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