Customs seizes RM12.8mil worth of alcohol and cigarettes in Johor raids

MELAKA: The Royal Malaysian Customs Department confiscated alcohol and cigarettes worth RM12.8mil in separate locations in Johor.

Melaka customs department director Nadzri Che Ani said the first raid was executed after a high-speed chase between his officers and three vehicles driven by the smugglers on Monday (May 27).

"The drivers abandoned their cars. My officers found 4,222.56 litres of alcohol bottles of various brands with unpaid tax totalling RM203,000 inside all three vehicles," he said on Thursday(May 30).

Nadzri said the second raid was conducted on February 28 at a warehouse in Parit Sulong, Batu Pahat, Johor.

He said similar contrabands worth RM12,593,550 were confiscated from the warehouse.

"My officers waited at the site for six hours to detect movement before raiding the warehouse," he said.

Nadzri added that an investigation is ongoing to establish whether both the cases are linked to the same smuggling syndicate.

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