GOF foils smuggling attempt in Lundu

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: The Sarawak General Operations Force (GOF) have seized a lorry loaded with controlled goods worth RM142,480 in Lundu last Friday (Nov 20).

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) acting chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said the seizure took place around 6.30pm about 400 metres from the Malaysia-Indonesia border.

“Before the arrest was made, the enforcement team spotted a suspicious looking lorry moving towards the border. They stopped the lorry and found controlled goods — frozen chicken tail and frozen sausages estimated to be worth RM142,480.

“The team seized the lorry with its content and handed it over to Lundu police headquarters for further action,” he said at Sunday’s Covid-19 update press conference.

A spokesperson from Sarawak GOF said the team detained the lorry driver, who is a 50-year-old local, for allegedly attempting to smuggle the controlled goods out of Sarawak.

The driver was also handed over to Lundu police headquarters along with the lorry and its content for further actions.

Meanwhile, Masing stated that on Sunday, 6,648 vehicles were inspected at 10 roadblocks throughout Kuching district.

This brought the cumulative tally of vehicles inspected since Nov 9, to 98,591. No vehicles were ordered to turn back thus maintaining the tally of vehicles ordered to turn back at 613.

The deputy chief minister noted that the police have also arrested an Indonesian man in Bau for entering Sarawak via a plantation route in Kampung Gumbang.

“Apart from that, police also issued three compounds to errant individuals who failed to comply with SOPs in public places, one each in Sarikei, Matu Daro and Miri.

“The Ministry of Local Government issued 134 verbal, written, and seizure warnings in areas under the supervision of various local councils,” he said.

Under ‘Ops Benteng’, a total of 1,911 vehicles were inspected at seven roadblocks in six districts — two in Lawas, and one each in Lundu, Bau, Serian, Sri Aman, and Lubok Antu.