PGA conducts ‘Op Libas’ and ‘Op Benteng Covid’ operations

The illegal cigarettes confiscated during the raid.

By Malcolm Lau

KUCHING, Aug 3: Sarawak General Operations Force (PGA) conducted three major raids from July 30 until August 3 this year in the ‘Op Libas’ and ‘Op Benteng Covid’ operations with diesel, goods and cash confiscated worth about RM1.2 million.

Its commander, SAC Mancha Ata said the first arrest was made on July 30 at 8.30 am when 1,800 litres of diesel, worth RM93,776.83, was found on a lorry at Sungai Tanggang, Sri Aman.

“Two local men were arrested as well. The police had also rejected a bribery of RM500 which was offered by the suspects.

“On the August 1 at 3.30 pm, police had also found 660 kilogrammes of sugar at one of the roads at the border of Tapak Megah, Malaysia,” Mancha said in a press release today.

He said the sugar worth RM2,046 were believed to be for smuggling into Indonesia and no arrest had been made so far.

“The third arrest was made on August 3 at 8.30 am, when the police raided a residential premise at Jalan Semaba where  7,890 cartons of illegal cigarettes worth RM1,149,492  were found, ” Mancha pointed out.

He noted that the premise was operated as a warehouse to keep the illegal cigarettes. A total of RM8,104 worth of cash, a bag, an ATM card, one Malaysian identity card, and one driving license were also found at the premise. No suspects were caught during the raid.

The two suspects would be handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), he said.

All the confiscated sugar will be investigated under the Control of Supplies Act and will be handed to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.

The other confiscated items will be investigated under Section 135(1) of the Customs Act 1967 and were later handed over to Padawan Police Station for further action. -DayakDaily