Marine Police seize RM488,000 in contraband items

KUCHING: The Marine Police scored another success under Ops Landai when they seized contraband items totalling RM488,000 from a man at an unnumbered house in Kota Sentosa yesterday.

Sarawak Marine Police commander ACP Shamsol Kassim said an initial check found five boxes of contrabands on the cargo bed of a coupe utility vehicle.

The suspect failed to produce any document relating to possession of the items.

During further checks on the unnumbered house, the Marine Police team found another 56 boxes of contraband placed inside, also without any documentation.

Police later arrested the 39-year-old suspect and seized all of the contrabands from the ute and the house.

The ute, worth RM30,000 belonging to the suspect, was also seized, bringing the total value of items seized to RM518,000.

A police report had been made and the suspect was surrendered to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Kota Sentosa District police headquarters.

“This is our 14th achievement under the Custom Act from Jan 1 until 20. We are not just focusing around Kuching only, but also other divisions where we had made arrests in Bintulu, Miri, and Sarikei. As at Jan 21, 2020, Marine Police teams have recorded various kinds of arrests, which in total was 20, and out of this number, 14 cases were under the Customs Act, with an amount of RM1.7 million,” Shamsol told reporters yesterday.

He urged the community to cooperate with the police by sharing information to eradicate smuggling in Sarawak, particularly during the festive season.

“We expect there will be more contrabands brought in because there is demand from the locals.

“However, we will give our focus on these activities to eradicate illegal activities,” he said.

He added that the main focus for the Marine Police this year would be to stamp out smuggling of duty-unpaid alcoholic beverages and cigarettes.

Shamsol (right) and Sarawak Marine Police deputy commander Supt Ab Rahman Mat Hasan show the media the seized contraband items and the ute.

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