They were wide awake: Johor Maqis foils bid to sneak in coffee beans worth RM197k

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 26 Mar 2020

JOHOR BARU: The Department of Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis) has foiled an attempt to bring in some RM197,031 worth of coffee beans into the country.

The two lorries carrying about 8,750kg in 144 bags of coffee beans were stopped at the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (KSAB) at about 3.40pm on Tuesday (March 24).

Johor Maqis director Nur Afifah A. Rahman said that the coffee beans that came from numerous countries did not have an import permit.

“The cargo has been seized and we will investigate the case under Section 11(1) of the Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011 and is punishable under Section 11 (3) of the same Act, ” she said.

She added that the drivers were released after their statements had been taken.

Afifah said the import of agriculture produce that does not follow proper procedure can bring devastation to the local farming industry.

“If these coffee beans were brought from high risk countries, it is very likely that they will carry harmful pests, ” she said in a statement.

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