Western Cape police seized abalone worth R5m near Gordon's Bay on Wednesday morning.
This followed a tip-off received from the Grabouw SAPS that a white Toyota Verso was transporting the abalone to Gordon's Bay.
The vehicle was spotted on the R44 road. When the driver noticed the police, he made a U-turn and tried to escape. A high-speed chase ensued, before the driver abandoned the car and fled on foot.
Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana said the vehicle was searched and 8 330 shelled abalone were discovered.
No arrests have yet been made, as the police continue to search for the suspect.
#sapsWC Early this am Gordon's Bay #SAPS acted on info received from Grabouw #SAPS about a vehicle transporting #abalone. The vehicle fitting the description was spotted on the R44 & a chase ensued. Suspect abandoned the vehicle & fled on foot. 8330 Units of abalone recovered. ME pic.twitter.com/CsxytZQRTo-- SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) June 13, 2018