Kelantan MMEA foils attempt to smuggle cigarettes in Pantai Sabak waters

Kelantan MMEA director Maritima Capt Muhd Nur Syam Asmawie Yaacob (right) with some of the seized items.

PASIR PUTEH (Bernama): Kelantan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) thwarted an attempt to smuggle 200 packages containing two million cigarettes worth RM160,000 in Pantai Sabak waters Monday (Oct 5).

Director Maritime Capt Muhd Nur Syam Asmawie Yaacob said the MMEA team on patrol duty spotted a suspicious boat at around 7.30am Monday.

"Upon seeing the MMEA enforcement team approaching, the boat sped off entering the estuary of Pantai Sabak.

"MMEA gave chase up to the river bank and came across more than 10 people unloading packages from two boats into a lorry, ” he told a press conference at the Kelantan MMEA headquarters in Tok Bali here Tuesday (Oct 6).

However, he said, no arrests were made as the suspects fled after realising the presence of the MMEA personnel.

Capt Nur Syam said the MMEA personnel seized all the cigarettes along with three small boats and a lorry estimated to be worth RM2.3mil including unpaid tax.

He said all the cigarette packages are in high demand and believed to be smuggled from neighbouring countries to be marketed in the state.

He said the case was being investigated under the Customs Act 1967. - Bernama

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