Cigarettes hidden in door panels latest syndicate smuggling tactic

Cigarettes hidden in door panels latest syndicate smuggling tactic

JOHOR BAHRU: Hiding white cigarettes in door panels covered with layers of wood is the latest tactic used by cigarette smuggling syndicates that has been detected recently by the Johor Malaysian Royal Customs Department (MRCD).

Johor MRCD director Sazali Mohamad said this new tactic was discovered through an Ops Benteng 2020 raid on a delivery company’s premises at Jalan Kempas Lama on Oct 21.

“Based on information from the south intelligence team, a Sungai Pulai Customs enforcement team conducted a raid on the premises at 4.30 pm and found 620 cartons of cigarettes hidden in 10 door panels that held 124,000 white cigarettes.

“Each door could hold 62 cartons containing 12,400 cigarettes, with an estimated total value of RM49,600 and an estimated duty of RM86,000,” he said at a media conference in Menara Kastam today.

Meanwhile,  he said that they successfully foiled a smuggling attempt of white and clove cigarettes of various brands worth over RM150,000 with a tax value of RM580,272, in another raid in Senai, near Kulai, last Saturday.

Sazali said the raid was conducted by the Sungai Pulai Customs enforcement members based on information from the public at Taman Ekoperniagaan 2, Senai Airport City near Senai at around 8.00 am and discovered 150 cartons holding 856,000 cigarettes.

He said that they believed in both cases, the smuggled cigarettes were destined to be sent to a neighbouring country.

“In this case, no arrests were made and it will be investigated under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967,” he said.

— BERNAMA