KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has seized 103,460 contraband cigarette sticks estimated to be worth RM18,978 untaxed in the Sandakan zone Tuesday (Feb 16).
The items were confiscated at an unnumbered premises in Perkampungan Air Batu 3 in Sandakan, according to a statement issued by the Sandakan Maritime Zone public relations unit.
Sandakan Maritime Zone director Maritime Captain Zainudin Mohd Zuki said the raid was conducted following a tip-off from the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) intelligence division, that the unnumbered premises in the coastal village was turned into a storage area for contraband cigarette.
Upon inspection, the items were found hidden within the wall and under the floor of the premises.
“The cigarettes, of various brands, are estimated to be worth RM18,978 untaxed, while the tax involved is estimated at RM70,181.
“They are believed to have been smuggled from a neighbouring nation to be sold in the local market illegally.
"The seized goods have been handed over to the MMEA investigating officer for further investigations, ” said Zainudin, adding that the case is being investigated under Section 135 (1) (d) of the Customs Act 1967.