Johor Customs seizes 135 tonnes of undeclared frozen meat worth over RM2mil

JOHOR BARU: A total of 135 tonnes of frozen meat worth RM2.1mil have been confiscated by the Customs Department for being undeclared and imported without a permit.

Johor Customs director Aminul Izmeer Mohd Sohaimi said the frozen meat was confiscated from five lorries that entered the state from Singapore on May 21.

“Four lorries were stopped during an inspection at the import branch at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) in Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI), while one was stopped on the Pasir Gudang Highway.

“Each lorry was carrying 27 tonnes of frozen meat believed to include pork, beef, chicken breast and chicken wings, all worth RM2.1mil,” he told a press conference at Menara Kastam Johor here on Monday (May 27).

“We also arrested all five lorry drivers in their 40s who were later released on bail of RM10,000 each,” he said, adding that a syndicate was believed to be responsible for the operation.

The case is being investigated under Section 135(1) of the Customs Act 1967 for the illegal import of prohibited goods.

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