Black market abalone traded for meth ingredients in South Africa

The Chinese mafia has come to South Africa to supply meth ingredients in exchange for rare abalone meat.

The enormous value of the delicacy has brought the Chinese Triad gangs to South Africa. In a cash-free transaction, the Triads swap the abalone for the ingredients to make methamphetamine, or 'tik'. Hundreds of tonnes of abalone is smuggled out of the Cape every year, to be exported through Hong Kong, according to Wildlife Department officials who say that the local abalone is on the brink of extinction.