Contraband worth over RM860k seized in raids

Contraband beer found stored inside a container at Jalan Lama Bintulu-Miri.

KUCHING: Marine police seized contraband beers, 12,000 litres of diesel and vehicles worth over RM860,000 at separate locations over the weekend.

Sarawak Marine Police Region 5 commander ACP Zulfikar Mohd Ghazali said two men and a woman were arrested in the operations, held in Betong and Bintulu.

The first operations took place at a premises in Betong Town District around 2pm last Friday.

“A marine police intelligence team raided the premises and found 728 cartons of various duty-not-paid beers worth over RM129,000 stored inside.

“The team also arrested a 44-year-old woman as she failed to produce any documented evidence to the ownership of the goods,” he said.

He added that the suspect and the seizures were handed over to Betong police station for further action.

Meanwhile in Bintulu, a marine police team stopped a container truck for inspection at Jalan Lama Bintulu-Miri around 9am on Saturday (Aug 7).

It led to the discovery of 2,150 cartons of various duty-not-paid beers inside a container.

Zulfikar said a 44-year-old driver of the truck was arrested after failing to produce any documented evidence to the ownership of the goods.

“The suspect along with the goods and vehicle worth over RM619,800 was handed over to Bintulu police headquarters (IPD) for further action.

“Both cases are being investigated under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967,” he said.

Also on Saturday, a marine police team together with enforcement officers from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Bintulu branch stopped a tanker truck at Jalan Bintulu-Miri around 7.30am.

Inspections found that the truck was transporting 12,000 litres of diesel without any permit from the ministry.

The truck’s 35-year-old driver was arrested for failing to produce any documented evidence to possession of the diesel. 

The seizures including the truck worth RM115,800, were handed over to KPDNHEP Bintulu for further action under the Supply Control Act 1961.

A police officer points at the seized tanker truck loaded with 12,000 litres of diesel.