Four suspects are spending the weekend in jail after being arrested Friday for possession of endangered succulents without documentation in Milnerton, Cape Town.
Threatened plant theft
The suspects, aged between 19 and 27, were arrested during a joint intelligence operation between Malmesbury Police, Kuilsrivier Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit (STESU), Sanparks Cape Town, Vredendal Crime Intelligence, National Intervention Unit Cape Town and Cape Nature.
Police spokesman Captain Frederick van Wyk said when members searched the suspects’ premises in Algoa Road, they took 25,000 . confiscated different types ofan undisclosed amount of money, four cell phones and a Chevrolet Aveo.
Appearance in court
The suspects are due to appear in court in Cape Town on Monday on charges of possessing flora without documentation.
compiled by Thapelo Lekabe