The police has arrested two suspects age 27 and 44 for running an illegal abalone drying facility in Panorama.

It was due to intelligence reports received that led the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation together with Crime Intelligence, NIU and officials from the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) into a joint operation.

The abalone, both wet and dry worth R1.9 million and the drying equipment used in processing the abalone as well as the vehicle worth R900 000 were confiscated by the multidisciplinary team pending further investigation.

The suspects were charged for contravening the Marine Living Resources Act, No. 18 of 1998 while an additional charge of contravention with the contravention with the Immigrations Act, No. 13 of 2002 was imposed on one of the suspects.

They are expected to appear at the Bellville Magistrate Court today.

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