Special forces raid in Penang nets over one million illegal smokes and two suspects

  • Nation
  • Friday, 09 Apr 2021

PETALING JAYA: An operation by police special forces led to the seizure of more than one million contraband cigarettes and the arrest of two men, one of them a senior citizen.

Federal Internal Security and Public Order Department deputy director Deputy Comm Datuk Mastor Mohd Ariff said in a statement on Friday (April 9) that the raid was conducted after a public tip-off.

The department's Pasukan Gerakan Khas led the raid on Thursday (April 8), he added.

"A raid under Ops Kontraban was conducted in Tasek Gelugor, Penang, on a syndicate that has been actively distributing illegal cigarettes in the state.

"Two suspects, aged 34 and 74, were arrested. We also seized 1,140,000 contraband cigarettes, valued at around RM855,000," he said.

Both suspects have been remanded at the Seberang Prai Utara police headquarters.

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