RM148,684 smuggled fags seized in Sandakan
Published on: Friday, October 11, 2019
By: Winnie Kasmir and Christy Chok
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SANDAKAN: General Operation Force (GOF) Battalion 20, here, detained two Filipinos along with 9,216 boxes of contraband cigarettes in front of a supermarket at Mile 8, Thursday.

According to Commanding Officer, ACP Mohd Nasaruddin M Nasir, GOF carried out its Ops Taring led by ASP Muri Gandot to identify and trace a cigarette smuggling syndicate around Mile 8. “Acting on public information, they raided two vehicles which were parked near a supermarket and detained two foreigners at 7.30am.

“Upon inspection on both vehicles, GOF  found 3,540 boxes of contraband cigarettes in the bonnet of the Proton Iswara and 5,676 boxes of contraband cigarettes inside the Honda Accord’s bonnet,” he said. 

GOF detained both suspects aged 30s and confiscated all the items.

The total seizure was estimated at RM167,684 which comprised 9,216 boxes of contraband cigarettes worth RM148,684 after taxes, Proton Iswara, Honda Accord and a motorcycle.

The case will be investigated under Section 135 (1) (d) of the Customs Act 1967 for possessing contraband cigarettes.

Meanwhile, in TAWAU, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency MMEA detained a 50-year-old Indonesian boat skipper on suspicion of committing offences under the Port and Harbour Enactment 2002 in Tawau waters, Wednesday.

Its Director, Maritime Commander Mohd Yusri Hussin said the patrol team stopped a passenger boat believed to be heading to Sungai Melayu, Sebatik island, from the Tawau Port Passenger Pier at 8am.

Initial inspection found the skipper possessing a doubtful passport. 

Three gambling machines (Wukong) were also found inside the boat without any authorisation documents.

 The offences are being investigated under the Port and Harbour Enactment 2002 and the Immigration Act 1959/63. The value of the boat and gambling items were estimated at RM56,000.

He said  MMEA will continue to intensify its monitoring, patrolling and enforcement activities from time to time. 

Members of public are welcomed to provide information to MMEA Tawau Operation Center at 089-752115 or emergency hotline at MERS 999.



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