Over RM600,000 contraband alcohol seized in raids

  • Nation
  • Friday, 26 Jun 2015

PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Lumpur Customs Department seized 50,130 litres of contraband alcohol worth RM665,450, in multiple raids since Ops Outlet was launched in January. 

Its director Abd Gani Othman said as of June, the department had checked 220 premises, 39 of which kept the contraband liquor. 

“We detained 35 offenders, 24 of whom were slapped with a hefty compound. Four were released on bail while seven Myanmar nationals were handed over to the Immigration Department. 

“So far, a total of RM85,850 in compounds have been collected,” he said in a statement, Friday. 

In the last two months, the department raided three premises in Bandar Sunway and USJ and seized RM215,231 worth of alcohol, added Abd Gani. 

“We also managed to seize RM82,968 worth of alcohol from a store in Balakong,” he said, adding that a lorry carrying contraband liquor was also stopped and searched at the Sungai Buloh rest stop during the period.

Abd Ghani said the department would step up efforts against those found with the contraband item. 

“The success of multiple operations was due to public cooperation. The public and the department must work together to curb the sale and purchase of illegal alcohol,” he said. 

Anyone with information can contact the department at its toll-free hotline at 1-800-88-8855 or the Kuala Lumpur Customs’ enforcement division at 03-78054805.

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