Illegal cig smugglers fail to dupe Customs officers


JOHOR BARU: A group of illegal cigarettes smugglers in Johor turned a lorry into a mobile toilet thinking that the authorities will not take a closer look at the vehicle.

Their ploy to hide and distribute the contraband was, however, exposed when enforcement officers from the Johor Customs Department’s Sungai Pulai unit raided a warehouse in Kelapa Sawit, Kulai.

The department’s state director Sazali Mohamad said the smugglers had expected to outsmart the law enforcers by turning the lorry into a mobile toilet.

“They thought the authorities were unlikely to stop and inspect a mobile toilet, ” he said in a statement.

Sazali said the Customs team raided the locked warehouse last Sunday at around 11.50pm but there were no occupants in the premises then.

“Some 184,200 sticks of illegal cigarettes and 32,960 clove cigarettes were seized.

“The contraband is worth RM39,748 and RM147,300.40 respectively in unpaid duties and taxes, ” he said.

He added that initial investigation showed that the premises were used as a store to keep the contraband that was smuggled from a neighbouring country before being set for distribution in the local market.

The case is being investigated under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967.

Sazali urged the public to call the Customs toll-free line 1-800-88-8855 or the nearest Customs Department office if they have any information on smuggling activities.

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