Semporna cops nabs five in petrol smudging raid

KOTA KINABALU: Five suspected smugglers were nabbed from Semporna’s Dinawan Island during an operation on Sunday (Dec 10).

Also seized were petrol and boats worth about RM150,000, said Semporna OCPD Supt Mohd Farhan Lee Abdullah.

He said in the raid conducted at around 7pm, policemen had inspected several locations on the island.

“We nabbed the suspects, a local man and four foreigners, aged 24 to 65,” he said in a statement Monday (Dec 11).

Supt Farhan said over 21 litres of petrol, a controlled good, stored in 843 jerrycans was seized.

“We believe the petrol is meant to be smuggled to a neighbouring country,” he said.

He said they also confiscated three boats and eight units of engines from the stint.

Supt Farhan said all suspects and seized items were handed over to the Domestic Trade and Cost of Living officials for further investigation under the Control of Supplies Act.

“Offenders can face a fine of up to RM100,000 or jailed three years, or both upon conviction,” he said.

He urged the public to report suspicious activities to their nearest police stations to help enforcement authorities curb crime.

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