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Duty-unpaid cigarettes seized


KUALA TERENGGANU:  A van driver was detained with 3,750 cartons of what is believed to be duty-unpaid cigarettes in a raid on the East
Coast Highway 2 (LPT 2) near Kampung Gemuruh, here, early today.

State Customs director, Datuk Hamzah Sundang, said the 30-year-old man was arrested at the Kuala Terengganu Toll Plaza at 1.20 am.

Officers found 750,000 Astro brand cigarettes worth RM500,000 including customs tax in the van, he said.

“Investigations revealed that the driver had failed to prove that the cigarettes had passed through Customs and there were no documents to prove that
the cigarettes had been imported legally,” he told reporters at a press conference here today.

Hamzah said the suspect had been remanded for seven days to facilitate investigations.  He also urged anyone with information relating to smuggling activities to pass it on to the Terengganu Customs Enforcement Division via the number 09-6225671 or toll free number 1-300-888-500.

Meanwhile in JOHOR BAHARU, the state customs department foiled an attempt to smuggle 104,400 cartons of cigarettes worth RM13.55 million,
including taxes in an inspection at two ports in the state, last month.

Johor Customs director, Datuk Ramli Johari, said the first inspection was at Pasir Gudang Port, on Oct 19 and the second inspection at Tanjung Pelepas Port, on Oct 30, conducted by the Customs Enforcement Division.

“On inspecting a container at about 4 pm at the Pasir Gudang Port, customs officers found 52,500 cartons of Zon King brand cigarettes weighing 8,400kg and worth RM840,000 with unpaid tax of RM6.01 million,” he told reporters at the Menara Kastam here.

According to Ramli, in the second inspection at 10 am on a container at Tanjung Pelepas Port, officers found 51,900 cartons of Modern, Modeng and RGD brand cigarettes weighing 8,712kg and worth RM544,500 with unpaid taxes of RM6.15 million.

“In both cases, two shipping agents in their 20s were detained for investigations. The containers involved were seized and taken to the Customs
Enforcement Store in Johor Baharu for further action,” he said. – BERNAMA


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