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RM50,000 CPO seized; 6 held
Published on: Saturday, January 18, 2020
By: Efa Rizan
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Nasri and his men showing the lorry loaded in blue drums containing CPO.
LAHAD DATU: District police arrested six men including four locals, and seized about five tonnes of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) estimated worth RM50,000.

District Police Chief, ACP Nasri Mansor said the arrest and the seizure were made following a raid on a premise at Batu 5, Jalan Lew Kong Len on Jan 14, following a tip-off.

“During the raid about 2.10pm, the team found six men who were in the middle of pumping out oil from two lorries into a lorry tank belong to a local company without legal purchase and delivery order.

“Further inspection found that the licence to buy, sell and keep CPO belonging to the local company was expire on June 30, last year,” he said in a press conference, Friday.

All six suspects aged between 19 and 41 were later brought to the police headquarters for further investigation. 

They also seized three lorries at the scene, including a five-tonne lorry loaded with 11 drums of CPO, a lorry loaded with three empty tanks and a seven-tonne lorry with a CPO-filled tank.

“Preliminary investigation found that the oil seized was the balance taken from lorries that have delivered the oil to factories in Lahad Datu and Sandakan.

“Depends on the delivery, the oil balance will be gathered and sold to a local company. The company will later stock up the oil before renting lorries to deliver the oil to factories in Sandakan.

“Current price for CPO are RM800 to RM1,200 per tonne, while the white tank worth RM320 to RM400 for 400 liters, blue tank worth RM160 to RM200 for 200 liters and a gallon worth RM16 to RM20 for 20 liters,” he said.

Nasri said investigation found that this syndicate have been active since ten years ago and there are four groups that have been detected.

He added that all six suspects were currently remanded for further investigation under Rule 5(1) of Malaysian Palm Oil Board (Licensing) 2005.


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