22 February 2005

Perlemoen worth R1.2m seized

Police seized 715kg of dried perlemoen (abalone) valued at about R1.2m at Johannesburg International Airport on Monday morning.

The consignment was destined for Hong Kong via Dubai, but was returned to South Africa from Dubai, said Tumi Golding, spokesperson for the police divisional commissioner of crime intelligence.

Police had opened a case of smuggling, she said.

This is the third large haul of contraband goods this month. Police seized 5 000 Dynabol steroids valued at R600 000 from a home in Olympic Park in Pretoria after noticing a suspicious waybill on February 16.

One person was arrested, and after appearing in court was out on bail of R5 000.


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