JOHOR BARU: The marine police have seized 6,400 cartons of illegal cigarettes from China worth almost RM650,000 inside a lorry during a raid at Taman Ungku Tun Aminah here.
Its Region 2 Commander Asst Comm Paul Khiu Khon Chiang said a lorry driver, 33, was arrested during the raid, which was conducted at about 11.35pm on Saturday night.
“We have been monitoring a parked vehicle, believed to be transporting illegal cigarettes,
at Jalan Bendahara 9, before searching the three-tonne lorry.
“Inside was 128 big boxes that contained 64,000 packets of cigarettes, worth RM645,120,” he told reporters at the Marine Police headquarters here yesterday.
ACP Khiu said the suspect was believed to have been waiting for more boxes of cigarettes before he was arrested.
He said the cigarettes were believed to have been smuggled from neighbouring countries through the Causeway and meant for the local market.
“We are still investigating how this syndicate was able to slip through such tight security at the Causeway.
“Investigations also revealed that this brand of cigarettes is only sold based on demand from workers from China who are working in the state,” he said, adding that each packet was priced between RM7 and RM10.
ACP Khiu said the raid was a follow-up from a previous operation where contraband cigarettes worth RM1.6mil were seized last month. He said the case was being investigated under the Customs Act.