JOHOR BARU: The police have arrested 31 people, including a woman, for alleged involvement in smuggling and distributing illicit cigarettes worth more than RM9mil in a series of raids since early this month.
Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Padzli Mohd Zain said the arrests were made following 29 operations held at various premises around here between Aug 1 and Aug 25.
“During the period, we have arrested 31 people including foreigners between the ages of 20 to 60 years old.
“We have also confiscated 2,593 boxes and 692 cartons of contraband cigarettes worth RM9.3mil, ” he said in a statement here Wednesday (Aug 26).
He added that the suspects had tried covering up their illegal activities through grocery shops.
“The cigarettes are sold between RM4.50 to RM9.50 per pack, ” he said adding that police also confiscated two vehicles that were used by the suspects to smuggle and distribute the cigarettes.
All of the suspects are being investigated under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967 for the possession of illicit cigarettes, which carries a maximum three years’ jaol term or a fine of up to 20 times the value of the seized items or both.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated case, ACP Mohd Padzli said that police together with the Immigration Department have arrested 42 foreign women for alleged involvement in immoral activities.
“The suspects, who are all illegal immigrants, were arrested Tuesday (Aug 25) during an operation dubbed Ops Noda around Taman Sri Tebrau here.
“29 of them are from Vietnam, three from Indonesia, one from Myanmar, one from Cambodia, and eight of them from China, ” he said, adding that all suspects failed to produce a valid travel document and had expired working or visit permits.
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