IPOH: Seemingly unperturbed by his arrest for smuggling firecrackers and fireworks, a self-employed man was re-arrested two days later for committing the same offence while still on bail.
Perak Customs Department director Datuk Mohd Nasir Said told reporters Wednesday that the suspect, in his 30s, was initially arrested at his house in Silibin here during a raid at 9pm on July 9 for smuggling 66.5kg of firecrackers and fireworks.
The items were worth RM6,220.50 and another RM4,043.33 in unpaid taxes, he said.
"At the same time, our officers also seized two cars, a Honda Civic and Toyota Ipsum, suspected to have been smuggled in from a neighbouring country.
"The cars had false registration number plates and did not have any insurance or road tax," he said.
The suspect, Mohd Nasir added, was subsequently released on bail.
"Unfortunately, he was re-arrested with another man in his 20s, on suspicion of promoting the sale of various firecrackers and fireworks on Facebook, during a raid on a business premises here at 4pm on July 11.
"We managed to seize 77kg of items worth RM3,360 and unpaid duties of RM2,184 as well as another Honda Civic worth an estimated RM20,000 and unpaid taxes of RM30,050," he said.
According to Mohd Nasir, the man was part of a syndicate which Customs had previously toppled for smuggling vehicles, while the second suspect is believed to be involved in marketing the firecrackers and fireworks for the main suspect.
"We have been monitoring their activities through Facebook about a week before to the raids and managed to trace down their storage area.
"The two are being remanded for 10 days from the date of their arrests," he said, adding that the case was being investigated as possession of prohibited goods under Section 135 (1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967.
Mohd Nasir said the Department, during Ops Ramadan, had managed to seize a total of 273.1kg of firecrackers and fireworks of various types and brands worth RM16,582 and RM10,827.88 in unpaid taxes.
"A total of five people were arrested as part of the 10 cases," he said.