6 arrested, vessel seized for alleged illegal sand extraction activities worth over RM2.6 mln

The vessel which was seized by the police.

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SIBU, June 11: Six people have been arrested for allegedly conducting illegal sand extraction activities in Paradom near here yesterday.

The suspects, aged between 25 to 56, were all local.

Region Five Marine Police Force (PPMW5) Commander, Assistant Commissioner Zulfikar Mohd Ghazali said they had also seized the vessel and sand with an estimated value of RM2,620,000.

“A police team led by an officer and three members of the force had conducted an operation to inspect a ship allegedly carrying out sand extraction activities in the waters of Paradom,” he said.

The results of the inspection found that the captain of the ship had failed to show or submit a sand extraction license to carry out the activity.

“Apart from that, the ship’s license has also expired. The ship and all equipment, sand and six crew members of the ship were also detained for committing offenses under the Sarawak Land Code,” he added.

He said the case will be handed over and referred to the Investigating Officer of the Land and Survey Department, Sibu Division for further action. — DayakDaily