JOHOR BARU: The state marine police have thwarted two diesel smuggling syndicates and arrested three men during operations held in Tampoi here.
Southern Region Two police marine commander ACP Paul Khiu Khon Chiang said that separate operations were conducted at two petrol kiosks in the area led by ASP Rohizan Mohamad Saaid and eight other members.
“During the operations we confiscated a tanker, and two four-wheel drive vehicles which were carrying a total of 2,100 litres of diesel,” he said in a statement.
ACP Paul said that the team acted based on information gathered and the first arrest was made at around 12.30pm on April 8.
“While staking out at the petrol station, officials decided to conduct spot checks on two four-wheel drive vehicles which were in the midst of filling up with diesel.
“Upon closer inspection, the officials discovered that both vehicles had been modified and had additional storage tanks in them,” he said.
He added that the second arrest was made on the same day at another petrol station whereby officials nabbed a lorry driver who had modified the back of his vehicle with additional tanks to store diesel.
“We believe that these syndicates purchase diesel at a subsidised rate at various petrol station in town and later stored them at illegal storage areas here.
“We also believe that the collected diesel is then moved to the state’s shores before being transferred to tankers which will then smuggle the diesel out of the country,” he said.
He added that the three men arrested were between 37 and 49 years old and have been handed over to the state Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism department for further action.
“We are serious in crippling such syndicates and hope that we can get the cooperation of
the public to channel any
information pertaining to suspicious activities to us,” he said adding that the department could be contacted at 07-2372222 or 07-2376122.