Cape Town - Five suspects were arrested for being in possession of abalone with an estimated street value of more than R300 000 in Macassar, Western Cape police said on Wednesday.

According to police, on Tuesday night, members on patrol were alerted to a possible house robbery at a residence in Anton Frans Street, and upon arrival on the scene, their instincts and vigilance indicated that the occupants of the residence were acting suspiciously.

The residence and vehicles were searched and abalone with an estimated street value of  R368,000 was discovered.

“The five suspects, aged between 22 and 26, are expected to make a court appearance on Thursday to face a charge of illegal possession of abalone,” police said in a statement.

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While the circumstances surrounding the discovery are still under investigation, Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General KE Jula praised his members for their contribution to fight the scourge of abalone poaching in the province.

African News Agency/ANA