Maqis foils attempt to smuggle in over RM38k worth of Mexican beans

JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis) has foiled an attempt to smuggle more than RM38,000 worth of Mexican beans into the country through Singapore at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex here.

Johor Maqis director Nur Afifah A. Rahman said that they stopped a lorry ferrying the beans at about 5.30pm on Wednesday (Jan 20).

"The lorry was stopped during a routine check on vehicles passing through the import lane at BSI.

"During the inspection, we found that the 2,721.6kg of Mexican beans worth RM38,281.12 in the lorry did not meet import permit conditions set by Maqis," she said in a statement on Thursday (Jan 21).

She added that the 36-year-old lorry driver was released after recording his statement.

Nur Afifah said the case was being investigated under Section 15(1) of the Malaysia Quarantine and Inspection Services 2011 (Act 728).

"The offence carries a fine of not more than RM100,000 or a jail term not exceeding six years, or both, upon conviction," she said.

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