JOHOR BARU: Abandoned chicken farms are being used by smugglers to store smuggled items before distributing the goods to rural areas to avoid detection.
Johor Customs deputy director-general (prevention) Abd Rahman Abd Hamid said they discovered this when conducted a raid at the abandoned farm in Buluh Kasap, Segamat, on Thursday.
He said the department seized 248 boxes of firecrac-kers worth an estimated RM267,794.38 and with im-port duties and sales tax worth RM133,897.19 and RM40,169.16 respectively.
He said the department also confiscated a total of RM38,496 worth of beer, stout and cigarettes.
We discovered their modus operandi after the raid at Buluh Kasap. The smugglers would store their smuggled items there before distributing to their clients.
Initial investigations revealed that that the items were meant for distribution in rural areas, he told a press conference at his office, adding that the department was looking for the farm owner and suspects to assist in their investigation.