Maqis finds smugglers still employing fishy tactics, nets 320, 000 illicit smokes


JOHOR BARU: Smugglers are still banking on their well-worn tactic of using fish exports to Singapore to smuggle contraband cigarettes.

The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) recently uncovered another attempt to smuggle 320, 000 sticks of illicit cigarettes at the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (KSAB) in Gelang Patah.

Johor Maqis director Hizzuan Hasim said his team detained a suspicious lorry while carrying out routine inspections at the KSAB export lane at around 6pm on June 5.

“Further checks found 1, 600 packets of illicit cigarettes worth RM70, 000 inside 40 bags hidden underneath 20 barrels of fish.

“Smugglers use such methods to hide contraband items from the authorities, ” he said in a statement on Monday (June 14).

Hizzuan added that all the seized items had been handed over to the Customs Department for further investigation.

“For the record, on May 3, Maqis also seized 257, 400 sticks of illicit cigarettes using the same tactic and abusing approval to export fish to a neighbouring country.

“Maqis and Customs would continue to cooperate and are committed to enforcing the law where import and export activities are concerned, ” he said.

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