Sabah marine cops bust illegal cigs smuggling bid, seize items worth RM300,000

KUDAT: An attempt to smuggle in 5,480 illegal packets of cigarettes was quashed by the marine police here in an operation codenamed Op Landai Khas on Friday (Dec 28).

Marine Police Region 4 commander Asst Comm Mohamad Pajeri Ali said based on intelligence received from the marine investigation unit (URM), the raiding party stopped a white van in Kg. Kanibongan, Pitas, at around 5.45pm.

"They introduced themselves as the police to the van driver and inspected the vehicle.

"They found various types of cigarette brands with unpaid duties in the van," he added.

ACP Mohamad Pajeri said the team also confiscated a sling bag containing RM15,155 of cash and two mobile phones.

The seized items, including the vehicle, amounted to about RM305,800.

The case is being probed under Section 135 (1) (d) of the Customs Act 1967 for possession of goods not approved by Customs.

ACP Mohamad Pajeri encouraged the public to channel information to the authorities, to assist them in fighting smuggling-related crimes.

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