Explosive find in ceiling factory

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 28 Dec 2003

BUTTERWORTH: The state Customs Department has confiscated 516 cartons of smuggled fireworks and firecrackers worth RM453,360 from a factory in Juru here. Two suspects, aged 42 and 48, were detained to facilitate investigations. 

Director Zainal Abidin Din said the seizure was made following a tip-off. Among the seized items were fireworks with brand names Camelia Flower Fireworks, 21st Century and Assorted Cake, he added.  

“A four-member raiding party went to the factory on Wednesday and found the illegal consignment in three lorries. 

“Further investigations led our officers to a store within the premises where they found more fireworks,” he told reporters here yesterday. 

Zainal Abidin said the factory made plaster ceilings and the department was still looking into how and when the fireworks were smuggled into the country. 

The offence is classified as keeping illegal goods, under Section 135 (1)(d) of the Customs Act, 1967, which carries a minimum fine of RM50,000 for a first offence and a minimum fine of RM100,000 or a maximum five year’s jail for subsequent offences.  

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