Labuan MMEA snuffs out at­tempt to smug­gle booze, boat also seized

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LABUAN: An at­tempt by sev­eral peo­ple to smug­gle RM105,000 worth of con­tra­band al­co­holic drinks yes­ter­day 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 1.15am when they spot­ted a sus­pi­cious- look­ing 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. — Ber­nama

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