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RM150,000 liquor seized in Tamparuli
Published on: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
By: R Gonzales

TUARAN: A businessman’s tactic of hiding hundred of cartons of tax-free liquor worth RM150,000 in his car workshop was uncovered  in a raid at warehouse at Kg Bontoi, Tamparuili, last Friday.

The 5.30pm raid was carried out by a team of police officers to prevent the smuggling of liquor, believed to have been smuggled in from abroad.

Tuaran Police Chief, DSP Mohd Hamizi Halim confirmed the team seized 932 cartons of various brands of liquor.

He said the liquor was hidden by the 32-year-old local businessman in trucks.

“The total liquor seized was 208,302 cans and 1,320 bottles consisting various brands including Hollanda, Anchor, Royal Stout, Tiger, Carlsberg and Guinness Stout,” he said during a monthly gathering at Tuaran IPD.

According to him, two vehicles were seized and further investigation revealed that one have a fake registration number.

“Police believe the warehouse was used to store alcoholic beverage before being sold to specific stores or individuals.”

“The warehouse has been in operation for about a month and the police had place intelligence a week before the raid,” he said.

Mohd Hamizi said the case is being investigated under Section 135 (1) (d) of the Customs Act 1967 and if convicted, the offender is subject to a fine of not less than 10 times the value of the seized items or not more than 20 times the value or RM500,000 or imprisonment of not less than six months and not more than five years, or both.

At the ceremony, three policemen were promoted while a stringer from Daily Express and Harian Metro received a Certificate of Appreciation.



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