Customs Dept takes cigarettes, alcohol worth RM1.152 m in Balakong and Cheras

Customs Central Zone assistant director-general Norlela Ismail (centre) reveals the contraband cigarettes and alcohol took in 2 raids in Balakong and Cheras throughout an interview in Klang April 4, 2024.– Bernama pic

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Thursday, 04 Apr 2024 7:30 PM MYT

KLANG, April 4– The Customs Department effectively foiled efforts to smuggle contraband cigarettes and busted a prohibited alcohol processing distribute in 2 raids in Balakong and Cheras on March 29 and April 1.

Customs Central Zone assistant director-general Norlela Ismail stated in the very first case, the department carried out an examination on a retractable flatrack container put on the roadside in Balakong on March 19 and found 1,320,000 sticks of cigarettes concealed underneath its flooring.

She exposed that the method operandi was to conceal the cigarettes within the space of the wood flooring, which was covered with plywood and iron plates to prevent detection by the authorities.

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The cigarettes worth RM987,360 and the container were taken for additional action and the case is being examined under Section 135( 1 )(d) of the Customs Act 1967.

In the 2nd case, Norlela stated the Enforcement Division robbed a property in Batu 9 Cheras and exposed alcohol processing activities.

Upon closer assessment, authorities discovered empty bottles and product packaging boxes of alcohols from different brand names with tax labels thought fake, while the facilities did not have licensing under the Excise Act 1976.

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“An overall of 1,753 litres of alcohols with an approximated worth of RM165,000 were taken. 2 regional guys aged 54 and 64 were likewise apprehended to help in the examination,” she stated.

Norlela stated the distribute was running behind the properties of a recycling and welding business, and the department thought the alcohols were meant for the regional market.

The case is being examined under Section 135( 1 )(d) of the Customs Act 1967 and Section 3( 1) of the Law Reform (Eradication of Illicit Samsu) Act 1976.– Bernama

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