A Zimbabwean national and a Chinese national were arrested on Monday after they were busted by the Hawks’ with 70 boxes dried abalone worth R9.9 million.

The duo were arrested on Monday after members of the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Crime Intelligence and officials from the Department of Environmental Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) acted on information concerning the transportation of illegal abalone.

Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani said “During the operation the members identified a white Hino truck as well as a white Audi driving on the N7 highway direction in Malmesbury.

The Hawks busted two suspects on the N7 highway in the direction of Malmesbury with abalone worth more than R9.9 million. Photo: Hawks