The manhunt for at least two suspects who fled the scene during a joint Police operation conducted at Grobler’s Bridge port of entry last Wednesday, is still on.
Provincial Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe indicated that no arrests have been made yet.
This after Limpopo Hawks confiscated dried abalone worth R6 million at the Grobler’s Bridge border post to Botswana during a stop and search operation.
Police received information about a truck allegedly carrying abalone, concealed in potato bags, travelling to the border post. When the truck was stopped and approached by authorities, two suspects emerged and fled into the bush, according to Ngoepe.
He added that officers searched the truck and found a hidden compartment underneath the load bin that was reportedly stashed with 1 350 kg of abalone transported in potato bags.
Passports belonging to Zambian nationals were also confiscated, it was learnt. The origin of the abalone is still being investigated and anyone with information is requested to contact investigating officers Richard Boshomane on 079 894 5501 or Sakkie Brancon on 071 481 3177.
Story: RC Myburgh