Aliwal North police have arrested a man and confiscated a large quantity of abalone and an SUV allegedly used in the commission of a crime. Picture: SAPS

Aliwal-North - Police in Aliwal North have arrested a man and confiscated a large quantity of abalone and an SUV allegedly used in the commission of a crime, Eastern Cape police said on Saturday.

Aliwal-North South African Police Service (SAPS) officers followed up on information received and stopped a white Nissan X-trail on the N6 about 3km outside Aliwal-North shortly after 10pm on Friday night, police said in a statement.

"It is alleged that the vehicle was from East London, travelling to Johannesburg. On further investigation 17 bags of abalone were found inside the vehicle."

Picture: SAPS 
Picture: SAPS

A 34-year-old man was arrested for contravening the Marine Living Resources Act by being in possession of 2326 "abalone units" worth about R150 000. He would appear in the Aliwal North Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

African News Agency/ANA