MERSING: The police have seized a cache of fireworks stashed in hotel storeroom here and arrested a 30-year-old man here.
Mersing OCPD Supt Cyril Edward Nuing said the raid was conducted at a hotel in Mersing where the man had stashed the fireworks.
He said the raid was conducted at about 11am and police found 18 types of fireworks worth over RM18,000.
"The suspect would take small amounts of fireworks from the store before selling it at night markets and Ramadan bazaars," he said at a press conference at Mersing police district headquarters (IPD) on Tuesday (May 21).
Supt Cyril added that the suspect had only been active for a month, ahead of the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations.
"The suspect does not have a fixed job and does not have a criminal record," he said, adding that the man was remanded and later released on police bail pending charges.
He added that there were investigating where the suspect obtained the fireworks supply.
In an unrelated raid, Supt Cyril said that police seized 19 boxes of illegal cigarettes worth more than RM150,000 at a house in Endau, here last Friday (May 17) at 11pm.
Police found 10 brands of cigarettes, believed smuggled in from a neighbouring country.
"We are still investigating the house owner and will make an arrest once we have enough information," he said.
Supt Cyril said the fireworks seizure is being investigated under Section 8 of the Explosives Act, which carries a maximum seven years' jail, or RM10,000 fine or both upon conviction.
The case involving the contraband cigarettes is being investigated under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act for smuggling untaxed goods, which carries a maximum penalty of three years' jail or a fine up to 20 times the value of the seized goods or both.