THE General Operations Force (GOF) in Sarawak scored a major success in the first four months of this year with the seizure of contraband worth RM17.8mil from 39 cases.
Deputy commander Shaikh Abdul Adzis Shaikh Abdullah said in a statement that during their operations from Jan 1 to April 12, 49 people were arrested.
They also confiscated 22 vehicles.
“Last year, the state GOF recorded 43 cases and 58 arrests involving seizure of contraband worth RM27.7mil,” he said.
Shaikh said on April 6 this year, a police team from 10th Battalion Sibu seized fireworks worth RM150,500 from a 26-year-old man.
The second case on April 7 involving the 11th Battalion Kuching confiscated illegal cigarettes and beer amounting to RM26,310, where a 20-year-old was detained.
The third case on April 8 involving the 12th PGA Battalion Limbang conducted a raid on a house which was suspected to be used as a cigarette storage area.
The team detained a 54-year-old man and seized illegal cigarettes worth RM506,912.
Shaikh Abdul Adzis said in another raid carried out by a police team from the intelligence branch of the Sarawak GOF headquarters, a local man and Indonesian male aged 28 and 37 respectively, were arrested.
“During the raid, 8,400 cartons of cigarettes and 17,600 cartons of kretek worth RM1.5mil were found,” he said.
In another raid on April 12, he said the team nabbed a 28-year-old local man and confiscated 1,872 cartons of cigarettes in a house in Kuching, adding that the estimated total value of the seized items was RM280,800, including tax.
Shaikh Abdul Adzis said all arrests and seizures were handed over to the criminal investigation division of the police headquarters in the relevant district for further action and investigation.
All cases are being investigated under Section 135 (1) (d) of the Customs Act 1967.