PETALING JAYA: At least RM3.66mil worth of contraband cigarettes and beer have been seized following a Customs Department operations at Westport.
Central Zone Customs assistant director-general Datuk Zulkurnain Mohamed Yusuf said they received a tip-off about the shipment and checked a 40-foot container at a warehouse there at around 12.30am on Friday (Sept 6).
"When we scanned the trailer, we found discrepancies in the items inside when compared with the contents declared.
"We checked the container and found 4.5 million cigarettes inside and 1,228 cartons of contraband beer," he told reporters at the Central Zone Customs Department Headquarters here on Tuesday (Sept 10).
Zulkurnain said the cigarettes were worth RM360,000, with duties for them estimated at RM3.006mil, while the beer was worth RM70,500 with duties at RM229,206.
He said the contents were actually declared as beer.
"We arrested a 36-year-old lorry driver to help with investigations into the case.
"Based on our investigations, we believe the suspect has been working as a lorry driver for one year four months," he said, adding that the suspect did not have a record.
Zulkurnain said the suspect had been remanded for one week to help with further investigations.