KUDAT: The marine police nabbed a man who was found in possession of 1,340 packets of illegal cigarettes at the Kudat-Banggi ferry jetty near here on Thursday (Jan 18).
Marine Police Region 4 commander Asst Comm Mohamad Pajeri Ali said the man was arrested based on information provided by the marine investigation unit (URM) in an operation codenamed Op Landai Khas at around 2pm.
"The team stopped the suspect's car and introduced themselves as the police.
"They inspected the car and found uncustomed cigarettes such as Era Biru Premium Special Blend, Era Black Menthol and Premium Kretek Apache.
"The suspect was brought to the Kudat marine police base, along with his car and mobile phone, as well as the seized cigarettes for further action," he explained.
ACP Mohamad Pajeri said the confiscated items amounted to about RM59,900.
The case is being investigated under Section 135 (1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967 for knowingly protecting, hiding and keeping uncustomed items or prohibited items.