Customs Dept seize over RM7mil of smuggled pork and alcohol in North Port raids


KLANG: The Customs Department has seized over RM7mil worth of smuggled pork and illicit alcoholic drinks following a series of raids at North Port, here.

According to the Department’s assistant director general (central zone) Norlela Ismail on the smuggled pork, 96 tonnes of the meat worth RM2.7mil were seized.

"We detected the four containers at Port Klang on Feb 13.

"Checks revealed that the meat did not have import permits from the Quarantine and Inspection Services Malaysia Department (Maqis)," she told reporters on Tuesday (Feb 20).

She said checks revealed the meat originated from Brazil and had transited in Hong Kong before it entered Malaysia.

"We believe the meat was smuggled in to fulfil demand for pork during the Chinese New Year celebrations," she said.

Meanwhile, Norlela said they also seized 126,720 litres of alcoholic beverages worth RM4.53mil.

"The seizures were made during two separate operations on Feb 9 and Feb 13 at Port Klang.

"We seized a total of five containers during these operations," she said, adding that the containers were declared as furniture accessories, furniture and packaging boxes.

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