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Cape Town - Five men have been arrested in Cape Town for illegal possession of perlemoen worth an estimated R1.5 million, Western Cape police said on Wednesday.

Spokesman Elvis Mahote said police acted on a tip-off and searched a noodle factory in Neil Hare road in Atlantis on Tuesday afternoon.

They found 18 676 perlemoen pieces, nine unshelled perlemoen and a crayfish in a back room.