Tip-off to cops leads to perlemoen bust

GOOD HAUL: Constables Andile Mathole, left, and Xolela Kondlo with the seized perlemoen. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA
GOOD HAUL: Constables Andile Mathole, left, and Xolela Kondlo with the seized perlemoen. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA

PERLEMOEN worth more than R150000 was recovered and two men arrested after a short car chase on the N2 near Kinkelbos yesterday.

Police officers in the area received a tip-off yesterday morning that a Chevrolet Optra heading out of Port Elizabeth could be carrying a large amount of poached perlemoen.

“Officers patrolling the road spotted the vehicle around noon, and when they attempted to stop it, the driver accelerated and tried to outrun the police,” spokeswoman Warrant Officer Thembi Gwe said.

Officers quickly caught up to the car and forced it to stop next to the road. Two suspects, aged 40 and 18, were caught inside the car.

Officers searched the vehicle and found the boot filled with perlemoen, allegedly poached from somewhere in Algoa Bay.

Upwards of 700 units were counted when the find, estimated to be worth at least R150000, was taken back to the Kinkelbos police station. The suspects’ vehicle was also impounded.

They will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court tomorrow. -Riaan Marais

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