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Over 1 million smuggled fags seized
Published on: Wednesday, December 06, 2023
By: Lagatah Toyos
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Over 1 million smuggled fags seized
Mohd Nasir (third left) showing some of the confiscated contraband cigarettes.
TAWAU: Police arrested a man who turned his house into a stash place for cigarettes smuggled in from neighbouring countries.

Customs officers found more than one million sticks of cigarettes of various brands at his residence in Kampung Kubang Jaya during a noon raid on Nov 24.

Sabah Customs Assistant Director-General Datuk Mohd Nasir Deraman said the cigarettes, worth RM183,520, had RM510,168 in unpaid duties.

“The house owner, in his 60s, along with the seized items were brought to the Semporna Customs office for further investigation under Section 135(1) (d) of the Customs Act 1967,” he told a press conference here, Tuesday.

Mohd Nasir said the seized contraband cigarettes comprised the LA, Astro, Premium, Menara Dunia and ERA brands, adding they were probing the origins of the cigarettes.

He said a total of 67 cases involving contraband cigarettes valued at RM313,899.55 and unpaid duties of RM1,049,557.04 had been recorded in 15 operations carried out in the district so far this year.

He urged the public to assist the efforts to weed out smuggling activities by channelling information to the Department via its toll-free number 1-800-88-8855.

“The whistleblowers’ identities will be kept confidential,” he said.

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