Police joint operation intercept possible crime syndicate

POLOKWANE - Intelligence-led Joint operation comprising of Provincial Endangered Species Unit, Polokwane Crime Intelligence Unit, the Western Cape Provincial Crime Intelligence Unit, Polokwane K9 Unit and the SAPS Polokwane International Airport, intercepted a possible crime syndicate which was transporting Abalone in the City of Polokwane on Friday, 31 January 2020.

This interception was conducted due to following information about a grey NP200 bakkie which was traveling from Polokwane to Beitbridge Port of Entry. A motor vehicle matching the same description was then spotted by these members in one of the streets, the bakkie was pulled off the road and then searched.

In the process, 37 boxes full of abalone with the estimated value of R7 million were found inside the vehicle and subsequently, three occupants were arrested. The origin and destination of these suspects and the abalone will be determined by the ongoing police investigations.

The suspects will appear before the Polokwane Magistrate court soon for possession of Endangered Species (Abalone).

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has complimented these Teams of members of the South African Police Service on a job well done.

The police investigations are still ongoing.

Source: South African Police Service

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