BUTTERWORTH: The Royal Customs Department seized contraband cigarettes and liquor of more than RM1.8mil in Port Klang on Aug 15.
The goods in four containers measuring 40 feet each were seized at around 11am by the department's investigation and enforcement unit.
Deputy Customs director (enforcement and compliance) Datuk Johari Alifiah said the containers were handled by two different shipping companies with branches in Port Klang.
"However, both the companies belong to one company and a local individual, who is the company representative, has been arrested and remanded for five days.
"The modus operandi of the company is to smuggle the contraband goods by declaring them as steel pipes in the Bill of Lading documents," said Johari at a press conference at the Customs Department store at Kampung Kastam here on Tuesday (Aug 25).
"The case is being investigated under Section 135(1)(g) Customs Act 1967 and Excise Act 1976 where if convicted, the accused could be fined 10 times the value of the contraband or RM100,000 or 20 times the amount or RM500,000 (whichever is higher) or a minimum of six months in jail but not more than five years.
"Contraband results in losses for the country and the public should be vigilant of such activities as it endangers security," added Johari.
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