SIBU: A woman has been arrested and 1,361 cartons of illicit liquor worth RM259,000 seized from her on Saturday (July 11) by the 10th General Operation Force (GOF).
GOF commander Supt Mohammad Hafiz Kadir said around 9.15am, a GOF enforcement team raided a store in Jalan Fookui, off Jalan Oya Lama.
The store was suspected of containing goods that have yet to be approved by the Customs Department.
"As a result of the raid, the team found and confiscated 1,361 cartons of contraband beer worth RM259,000 without tax. A woman, believed to be the storekeeper, has also been detained," he said.
Supt Hafiz said the modus operandi of the smugglers was to use the storeroom to keep smuggled items such as beer, cigarettes and fireworks for distribution in the town later.
"Daily necessity items were also kept in the store to avoid smuggled items being detected by the authorities," he added.
The commander said the seized items and the woman were being investigated under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967.
The offence provides a maximum of three years’ imprisonment or a fine of up to 10 times the value of the seized item, or both.
The case, Supt Hafiz said, has been referred to Sibu police for further action.
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