RM723,000 worth of contraband cigarettes and beer seized at Kpg Melaban, Betong

The cartons of beer and cigarettes which were found in the storehouse.

SIBU, Feb 28: Two men were arrested for having in their possession 25 carton of contraband beer and 2,895 cartons of contraband cigarettes on Thursday.

Including a van, all items seized worth a total of RM723,600 including tax.

Deputy commander of 10th Batallion General Operation Force, DSP Frediel Nyambong said today that a team of enforcement officers from the battalion had at 3pm on Thursday conducted a raid on a storehouse in Kampung Melaban, Betong.

“The raid resulted in the seizure of the contraband beer and cigarette and a van. Two men who were at the storehouse were also apprehended,” he said.

According to Frediel, the modus operandi of the suspects was to keep the contraband in a store in a remote area before distributing them in Betong.

The items were seized under Section 135 (1) (d) of the Custom Act. The offence provides for a fine of RM100,000 or 10 times the value of the items seized and a jail sentence of a minimum of not more than three years.

Frediel said the two suspects have been referred to the police in Betong for further action. — DayakDaily