Marine police arrest teen, seize illicit ciggies worth over RM200,000

SUNGAI PETANI: Marine police have foiled an attempt to smuggle contraband with the arrest of a teenager and seizure of cigarettes worth more than RM200,000, during a raid at a premises in Pinang Tunggal.

Marine police Region One Acting Commander Supy Shoppri Saad said the 17-year-old suspect was detained by a team of officers and personnel from the Batu Uban marine police intelligence unit during Ops Kontraband at about 3pm on Thursday (July 29).

"During the operation, a store located next to a grocery shop at Kampung Pekan Baru, in Pinang Tunggal was searched and we found 30 trunks containing the contraband item," he said in a statement on Friday (July 30).

Supt Shoppri said during the operation police confiscated 288,400 cigarettes worth RM 230,070.

He said the suspect was handed to Kuala Muda police headquarters for further action.

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

He said the Region One marine police, whose jurisdiction is from Perlis to Selangor, had conducted a series of arrests under Ops Kontraband since April 1 this year.

He added to date more than five million illicit cigarettes had been confiscated by the force.

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