Customs Dept seizes contraband liquor, cigs worth around RM7.17mil in unpaid duties from Port Klang warehouse


PETALING JAYA: The Customs Department has seized contraband liquor and cigarettes worth around RM7.17mil in unpaid duties at a warehouse in Pandamaran, Port Klang.

The department's central zone principal assistant director Datuk Zazuli Johan said they raided the premises around 8.30pm on Aug 26.

"When our personnel raided the premises, they found eight million cigarette sticks and 11,370 litres of hard liquor.

"The liquor, estimated to be worth around RM372,150, is worth about RM1.28mil in unpaid duties.

"The cigarettes are worth around RM848,000, and around RM5.89mil in unpaid duties," he said in a statement on Friday (Sept 3).

He said investigations revealed that the warehouse that was used to store the contraband was located in an industrial area to divert the attention of the authorities.

"We believe the contraband was meant for distribution within Klang Valley and would be transported using lorries.

"We have classified the case as storing, hiding or protecting prohibited or contraband items under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967," he said, urging those with information on such activities to come forward.

He welcomed the public to help in their fight against smuggling activities, especially those involving cigarettes, alcohol, fireworks, drugs and vehicles.

“Those with information should come forward immediately. Your identities will be kept strictly confidential,” he said.

Anyone with information should contact the toll-free hotline at 1-800-88-8855, visit their website at http://aduan.customs.gov.my, or go to the nearest Customs office.

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