Fertiliser ruse foiled Manure cargo turns out to be contraband fags

contraband-cigarettes THE Penang Customs Department has foiled yet another attempt to smuggle in contraband cigarettes at the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT).

Officers from the department’s northern region intelligence unit seized RM463,936 worth of cigarettes, with unpaid duties amounting to RM2.02mil during a raid at 6pm on Tuesday.

State Customs and Excise Department director Datuk Zulkifli Yahya said the contraband that was initially declared as fertiliser pellets was found in a 20-foot container.

Records show that the shipment supposedly originated from Vietnam.

“This is the second case of cigarettes being smuggled through the NBCT within two weeks.

“The earlier contraband seized in the first case on Feb 28 is not related to this seizure,” he said in a press conference.

Investigations showed that a company address in Gurun, Kedah, which was used in the customs declaration form, turned out to be false.

He said a man in his 40s, believed to be the delivery agent, was detained for further questioning.

“Some of the cigarette packets did not carry the Malaysian Government’s health warning message and photographs, stamp duty and safety seal,” he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 135 (1)(a) of Customs Act 1967 (Revised 1980) which carries a fine of between 10 and 20 times the value of the seized items or three years’ imprisonment, or both.

On Feb 28, the department foiled an attempt to smuggle in cigarettes worth RM836,000, with unpaid duties amounting to RM3,888,160, during a similar raid at the NBCT.

source: thestar.com.my

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