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Tuesday January 20, 2009

Marine police seize contraband goods worth RM2mil

KOTA KINABALU: Marine police, using kampung boats as cover, have seized RM2mil worth of contraband liquor, beer and cigarettes smuggled in from Labuan.

Sabah marine police chief Asst Comm Abdul Manaf Othman said two local youths were nabbed while several others fled into the mangrove swamp when police identified themselves at 9pm on Sunday at Sungai Kampung Tananak near Menumbok, about 130km from here.

ACP Abdul Manaf said that 30 personnel, led by Asst Supt Fauzi Ibrahim, seized 1,100 liquor bottles and 36,700 packets of various cigarette brands in a special operation codenamed Ops Barracuda.

They also seized nine boats, each equipped with 200HP engines, used for smuggling operations between the duty-free island and mainland Sabah.

ACP Abdul Manaf said police were investigating the activities of the syndicate and trying to identify the mastermind.

He said that in the past two weeks, marine police had intensified patrols between Labuan and the west coast of Sabah to curb smuggling activities, the frequency of which rises during festive seasons.

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