PETALING JAYA: A container which was supposed to be carrying only beer when it entered Malaysia was found with over four million illicit cigarettes worth at least RM3.36mil at a warehouse at Westports in Pulau Indah, Klang.
Customs Department’s central zone assistant director-general Datuk Zulkurnain Mohamed Yusuf said they checked a 12m container at the warehouse at around 12.30am on Friday after receiving a tip-off.
“When we scanned the trailer, we found discrepancies in the items inside compared to what were 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 yesterday.
Zulkurnain said the cigarettes were worth RM360,000 with duties valued at RM3.006mil while the beer was worth RM70,500 with an additional RM229,206 in excise.
Only beer was declared as the content, he added.
“We arrested a 36-year-old lorry driver in connection with the case.
“We believe the suspect has been working as a lorry driver for one year and four months, ” he said, adding that the suspect did not have a prior record.
Zulkurnain said the suspect had been remanded for one week to help with further investigation.
“The contraband came in from a neighbouring country and was meant to be sold on the black market here.
“Based on our investigation, one pack of these illicit cigarettes is being sold between RM5 and RM6, ” he said.
He said the case was being investigated under Section 135(1)(a) of the Customs Act 1967 for import without a valid permit.
Zulkurnain urged anyone with information on such activities to contact the Customs Department’s toll-free hotline at 1800-88-8855 or go to the department’s nearest office immediately.