Cigarettes worth over RM1.4 million seized in Kuching

Assistant commanding officer of the General Operation Force (GOF) 11th battalion DSP Kinsi Bilu (third left) shows the seized uncustomed cigarettes of various brands worth RM1,453,500. Photo: Bernama

KUCHING: The General Operations Force (GPF) seized contraband cigarettes of various brands, worth RM1,453,500, in an operation code-named “Op Libas” at a godown in Batu Kitang, yesterday.

Battalion 11 assistant commanding officer DSP Kinsi Bilu said the raid at the godown was conducted at 2.30 pm following intelligence information and surveillance.

When the raiding team arrived at the location, he said, the godown was locked, forcing them to break the padlock to open the door after about half-an-hour later.

Following a search, the team found 7,650 cartons of cigarettes of various brands, believed tax had not been paid, he told a media conference at the GOF office at Batu Kawa here today.

He said the cigarettes were believed to have been smuggled from a neighbouring country for the local market. – Bernama

Assistant commanding officer of the General Operation Force (GOF) 11th battalion DSP Kinsi Bilu (third left) shows the seized uncustomed cigarettes of various brands worth RM1,453,500. Photo: Bernama
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