Lorry drivers charged with smuggling cigarettes


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 04 Jun 2009

JOHOR BARU: Two lorry drivers have been charged at separate magistrate’s courts here for transporting smuggled cigarettes worth at least RM1.3mil.

In the first case, Jumadi Musthari, 45, from Taman Plentong Utama, Masai, was charged with smuggling 350 boxes of cigarettes with RM700,000 unpaid import duties.

He allegedly committed the offence along Jalan Kempas Lama, near Bangunan Celcom, on May 23.

Customs prosecuting officer Raja Abdul Aziz Raja Ahmad offered bail at RM50,000.

Magistrate Hafizah Johor Ariff Johor set Aug 20 for mention.

In another case, lorry driver Md Said Hassan, 42, was charged with smuggling 185 boxes containing 17,900 cartons of cigarettes with unpaid duties of RM677,600.

Md Said allegedly committed the offence along the northbound slip road of the Second Link in Nusajaya, Johor, on May 23.

Raja Abdul Aziz offered bail at RM50,000.

Magistrate Fuad Abdul Ghani set bail at RM30,000 and fixed Sept 4 for mention. Both men posted bail.

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