Cigarettes worth nearly RM7mil seized by Customs

SEPANG: The Customs Department has netted smuggled cigarettes worth RM6.78mil following five seizures since August.

Central Zone Customs assistant director-general Datuk Zulkurnain Mohamed said they seized over 8.84 million cigarettes coming into KLIA since last month.

"We first detected a shipment of 2.94 million cigarettes on Aug 6.

"The consignment was falsely declared as spare parts and came in from Singapore," he told reporters at the KLIA Customs Department Headquarters here Wednesday.

Eight days later, Customs detected another consignment containing 1.3 million cigarettes from Vientiane, Laos, that was declared as general cargo.

"On Sept 3 we seized another shipment of 1.3 million cigarettes also from Vientiane, Laos which was also declared as general cargo," he said.

On Sept 10, two shipments containing 3.3 million cigarettes were seized.

"Both shipments came from Singapore and were declared as garments and consolidated cargo respectively. We believe they are the work of one syndicate as the modus operandi and origin of these cigarettes were similar," Zulkurnain said. ends.


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