MMEA thwarts bid to smug­gle booze

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - HOME -

LABUAN: An at­tempt by sev­eral peo­ple to smug­gle RM105,000 worth of con­tra­band al­co­holic drinks yes­ter­day morn­ing came to an un­ex­pected end when a Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency (MMEA) pa­trol from Labuan stum­bled upon them in Labuan-Menum­bok waters.

Al­though the smug­glers fled in­land near the Mem­pakul river, they left be­hind the con­tra­band, as well as a speed boat with a Yamaha en­gine worth more than RM250, 000.

Labuan MMEA di­rec­tor Mar­itime Cap­tain Che Ad­nan Md Isa said the pa­trol boat was con­duct­ing rou­tine op­er­a­tion in Labuan waters at about 1.15am when they spot­ted a sus­pi­cious­look­ing speed boat from Labuan speed­ing towards Menum­bok.

“Af­ter tail­ing the speed­boat for about 10 min­utes, the smug­glers sensed the pres­ence of our team, and they sped off towards shal­low waters along the Mem­pakul River and es­caped, leav­ing the con­tra­band be­hind.

“The con­tra­band con­sist­ing of Carls­berg, Royal Stout and Skol Beer will be handed over to the Royal Cus­toms and Ex­cise Depart­ment for fur­ther ac­tion.” he said. - Ber­nama

The con­tra­band booze seized from two smug­glers at Mem­pakul, Menum­bok waters Satur­day morn­ing. - Ber­nama photo

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