SEREMBAN: The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission has detained seven individuals and seized 14 vehicles including used luxury models believed to have been smuggled in from a neighbouring country.
The vehicles, which had been declared as scrap were believed to cost some RM1.5mil.
It is learnt that two of the seven individuals detained were buyers.
A source said the state MACC achieved a breakthrough following the arrests of two suspects and the seizure of two cars here about a month ago.
He said upon investigation, it was found that both the cars had cloned road tax discs and registration plates.
"We believe these cars were clone models of vehicles that were already registered here," he said.
He said following the seizure, the state MACC conducted another raid at a house in Johor Baru and detained five suspects, including a foreigner and woman, aged between 22 and 46.
"Also seized were 12 vehicles believed to have been smuggled into the country," he said.
The enforcement team also raided an office believed to be operated by the suspects and seized computers and other printing paraphernalia.
"A suspect was detained during the raid at the office," he said adding that those arrested have been remanded between two and four days to assist in the probe.
When contacted, state MACC chief Shaharom Nizam Abd Manap confirmed the arrests as well as the seizure of the vehicles.
He also advised those who had bought such vehicles to voluntarily surrender them to the MACC of face legal action.
Shaharom Nizam said those who used such vehicles were taking a huge risk as they would not be able to claim for insurance in case of an accident.