By Brad Rantayy
MIRI, July 31: Miri General Operations Force (GOF) seized contraband worth RM608,715, comprising liquor, cigarettes and two lorries during an operation held on Tuesday (July 30) from premises in Taman Tunku.
During the 11.30am raid, the GOF also detained three local males, aged 14, 16 and 27, to assist the police probe into the case.
The two minors are school dropouts.
The contraband was discovered and seized following an earlier tip-off.
According to Miri PGA commanding officer Supt Tan Hiap Seng, at a press conference this morning, contraband was also discovered inside a house in Taman Tunku, which they believed was used for storing the ilicit items.
He added, the team had conducted two weeks’ surveilliance on the smuggling syndicate before the raiding the premises and the house.
“We believed that the house was used to storing the remaining contraband to avoid detection,” he said.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the syndicate has been active for less than a year.
The case is being investigated under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967. — DayakDaily