SIBU: A total of RM92,201 worth of contraband cigarettes and beer were seized by the 10th Batallion General Operation Force (GOF) during Ops Libas in Mukah.
Commander Supt Sanudin Mohamad Isa said they were expecting more smuggling activities during the festive seasons of Gawai Dayak and Hari Raya, due to the strong demand for cheap cigarettes and beer.
"During any celebrations, which include Raya, there will be an increase in smuggling activities. Though this is the fasting month, it will not deter us from carrying out operations," he said.
On the latest Ops Libas, he said two raids were carried out simultaneously at a shophouse in Boulevard Setia, Mukah on May 9, which involved 10 GOF enforcement personnel and three from Sibu's Customs Department.
"At about 10.30am, the team conducted a raid on a store of on the first floor of the building, as it was suspected of having smuggled items. They arrested an Indonesian man who led them to the seizure of
655 cartons of contraband cigarettes of various brands from a store," he added.
The items, worth RM76,641, were from China and Indonesia and import duties had not been paid.
The team had also found the suspect's travel document had expired.
In the second raid 15 minutes later in the same building, the team confiscated a total of 128 boxes of Heineken, Laoshan and Tiger beer worth RM15,460 from an unmanned store.
The two offences were under Section 135 (1) of the Custom Act 1967. The offence carries a fine of up to RM100,000 or 10 times the value of the seizure and between six months to three years jail if convicted in court.
Supt Sanudin also called on the public to provide them with information on smuggling activities.