1,034 snakeskins seized in Customs ambush

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  • Saturday, 18 Dec 2004

KANGAR: A preventative team from the state Customs Department foiled an attempt to smuggle in 1,034 pieces of dried snakeskin in an ambush near the border in Padang Besar. 

Acting on a tip-off, the team waited for several hours before the shipment arrived in a lorry at 4.30pm on Thursday. 

The team stopped the lorry and asked the driver to declare his goods. However, the driver only declared four types of items: pillows, floor cloths, floor mats and dishcloths. 

FOILED: Customs officers showing some of the seized snakeskins at the press conference in Kangar.

Not satisfied, the team, aided by the Padang Besar anti-smuggling unit, inspected the lorry and found the snakeskins in nine sacks hidden beneath the declared items. 

The driver was detained and would be remanded for further investigation. 

“The value of the snakeskins, believed to be python skins, was around RM62,040. 

“We believe they were bound for Penang to be processed into leather products,” state Customs director Ahmad Akbar Zahari said yesterday. 

The seizure was one of five cases uncovered by the Perlis Customs Preventative Division. 

The other cases involved the smuggling of fireworks, handphone accessories, marine products and rice.  

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