The Hawks arrested a Port elizabeth couple for alleged money laundering and six charges of possession, acquisition and use of stolen property.
The couple, Shaun Ah-Shene (49) and Virginia Ah-Shene (49), allegedly formed part of the underground world, were arrested yesterday, 10 February 2015.
“Their main crime commodity was dealing in drugs but it later escalated to other crimes such as buying and selling of stolen property obtained during armed robberies and house robberies, plus money laundering,” Hawks spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, said.
The syndicate has been under police watch since 2006, but the ring leader Ah-Shene managed to evade arrest for years since he never directly involved himself with the crimes. In 2008, the Hawks intensified investigations aimed at stopping Eastern Cape drug syndicates. This led to police seizing stolen jewellery, luxury men’s watches, sunglasses, video cameras and laptops.
“Police managed to link the stolen items from six armed robberies that occurred at exclusive jewellery stores and house robberies in Port Elizabeth,” said Mulaudzi.
The pair was granted R5000 bail each on condition they report at Mount Road police station twice a week and inform the investigative officer of travel arrangements outside of the Eastern Cape.
The couple will appear in court again on 27 February 2015.