Local couple apprehended for smuggling fishes and prawns

A couple attempting to smuggle in over 700kg worth of fish and prawn into Sarawak were busted by the GOF last Wednesday.

LUNDU: A local couple was caught by the General Operations Force (GOF) for attempting to smuggle 750kg worth of fishes and prawns into Sarawak from Indonesia on Wednesday (June 30).

The couple aged, between 30 and 40, was driving a pick-up truck when they were detained by a patrol team from Kampung Raso post at around 4pm around Kampung Raso 1.

GOF Sarawak Brigade commander SAC Saini Bongkek who confirmed the case, said the team found 20 styrofoam boxes containing various grades of prawns and five boxes containing various types of fish.

“The goods valued at RM22,500, were believed to be smuggled into Malaysia from Indonesia.

“During questioning, the suspects failed to produce any legal documents to bring the goods in.

“Both of them, along with the seizures, were handed over to Lundu police headquarters (IPD) for further action,” he said.

The seizures included a pick-up truck, five boxes of fish weighing at 150kg, 20 boxes of prawn weighing at 600kg and two phones amounting to a value of RM43,300.

Saini pointed out that the suspects had committed an offence for attempting to bring the goods into Malaysia illegally.

The case is being investigated under Section 135 of the Customs Act 1967.

The couple were handed over to Lundu police for further action.