KLANG: Some 21,000 cartons of cigarettes with unpaid duties amounting to nearly RM2mil have been seized by the Selangor’s Customs Department.
A team from the enforcement division suspected something amiss with a trailer exiting the Westport Free Zone at 2pm on Saturday.
A check found the lorry driver producing falsified documentation, said Selangor Customs Director Badaruddin Mohamed Rafik.
“The documents listed the shipment as tobacco refuse which was supposed to be remnants of tobacco leaves not used to make cigarettes.
“On checking the Customs Information System (SMK), the actual load that the lorry was suppose to be carrying was vehicles.
“This means the Customs form had been falsified for the purpose of smuggling out the cigarettes,” he said yesterday.
Badaruddin said the lorry driver and two other men, believed to be freight agents, had been arrested.
The suspects, in their late 20s and early 30s, have been remanded for seven days.
The case is being investigated under Section 135(1)(e) of the Customs Act 1967, which carries a fine of up to 20 times the value of the contraband or up to three years’ jail, or both, upon conviction, said Badaruddin.
Badaruddin also urged those with information on any smuggling activities to inform his department by contacting 1-800-88-8855.