Cigarette-smuggling ops up in smoke thanks to Customs raid

IPOH: The Perak Custom Department has seized some RM2mil worth of cigarettes during a raid at a house in Sitiawan.

Its director Dr Mohamad Saprin said the contraband cigarettes were seized during an operation at about 11.50am on Feb 12.

“Following a tip-off, we spent a week scouting the premises before raiding it.

“We found cigarettes of various brands, believed to be from Indonesia.

“The operation was led by our team from Teluk Intan. They found no one at the house but seized all the items, ” he told reporters at the Perak Customs Department office here on Tuesday (Feb 25).

Mohamad added that they were now trying to locate the house owner.

Separately, he said the Lumut branch seized some 6,888 cans of beer and 1,740 bottles of hard liquor at a house in Cheras in Selangor on Feb 20.

“Some of the beer came from Belgium while the liquor is believed to be from India.

“We are estimating that these items are worth more than RM125,000.

“These items were found at a house and in a lorry that was parked nearby, ” he said, adding that Customs is now trying to locate the owner of the house and the lorry.

Mohamad also thanked members of the public for their help.

“It is thanks to their information that we are able to solve many cases.

“Those with information regarding smuggling activities can contact us at 05-527 2010 (Perak) or our tollfree line at 1-300-888-500, ” he added.

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