KLANG: Smuggled navigation and telecommunication equipment worth over RM457,000 were seized from a bungalow at Jalan Tepi Sungai here by the Selangor Customs on Wednes-day.
Five men aged between 25 and 50 were arrested in the raid, led by State Customs director Datuk Wazir Muaz at 4pm.
The house was raided shortly after the goods were delivered to the premises by a bonded lock van, following a tip-off.
Wazir said the raiding party trailed the lock van from the South Port in Port Klang to the house and ambushed the culprits soon after they had un-loaded the goods, in 48 crates, into the house
He said ship navigation and marine communications equipment, such as satellites, radars, walkie-talkies and radiotelephones were among the goods recovered.
He said the equipment, which were declared as ship-spares by the importer, were meant for transit to Singapore.
The goods were imported through the North Port and were supposed to be transferred out to Singapore via the South Port.
However, the lock van was illegally moved out of South Port while the goods were waiting to be shipped out of the terminal, he said,
Wazir said some of the equipment could be only imported into the country with special permits, while eight of the equipment were subjected to import duties and sales tax.