THE Hawks have arrested two people for attempted murder and contravening the Living Marine Resource Act following a sting operation by members from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Somerset West.

Police uncovered about 11 941 units of wet abalone valued at just under 
R2 million.

The suspects, aged 31 and 36, were driving in two vehicles along Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road when the Hawks pulled them over. One vehicle sped off, hitting an official in the process.

One of the suspects was placed under police watch at Bredasdorp Hospital after he sustained a gunshot wound.

Hawks spokesperson Lloyd Ramovha said the officer managed to react and opened fire on the vehicle, bringing it to a sudden stop about 500m away.

“The suspect then got out and fled the scene, leaving a trail of blood in the vehicle. Authorities immediately launched a manhunt which led to the subsequent arrest of the second suspect, who is due to face an additional charge of attempted murder.”

Ramovha said the suspects were expected to appear in the Strand Magistrate’s Court today, facing charges for contravention of the Living Marine Resource Act and attempted murder.

In a separate incident, police have arrested a 26-year-old alleged drug dealer. Police found 31 000 mandrax tablets worth an estimated street value of R916 000 inside the grey BMW in Kromboom Street, Scottsville, on Monday.

Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana said members attached to the Khayelitsha tactical response team were following up on information they received when they spotted the BMW.

“When the driver saw the police vehicle, he started to drive faster. A high-speed chase ensued and police managed to stop the vehicle,” she said.

He was due to appear in the Kuils River Magistrate’s Court today on charges related to dealing in drugs.