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Customs Dept foils attempt to smuggle in alcohol, frozen meat

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ALOR STAR: The Royal Malaysian Customs Department foiled an attempt to smuggle in alcohol and frozen meat worth over RM1.5 million after detaining a container at Pandamaran Industrial Park, Port Klang in Selangor, on Monday.

Its deputy director, Datuk Seri Zulkifli Yahya, said a local 38-year-old man who was the “tonto” responsibl­e for monitoring the container, was also detained.

According to him, a check by a team of Alor Star Branch Customs personnel found 13,152 bottles of liquor from India worth more than RM1.4 million with tax estimated at RM885,787.

“We also found 273 boxes of frozen meat from Brazil weighing 5,106kg worth RM72,840 and RM7,284 in tax. The overall value is more than RM1.5 million with tax estimated at RM893,071.

“Checks found the container had been using convention­al routes without going through proper Customs inspection. Besides, the quantities and types of items declared did not tally with documentat­ion,” he said here yesterday.

Zulkifli said the modus operandi was to stack the boxes of frozen meat near the container door while the boxes of liquor were arranged at the back of the container.

“This is the first time we have seen such a modus operandi where frozen meat boxes were used as a cover to prevent the enforcemen­t personnel from detecting the boxes of liquor hidden at the back.

“We have seized the container while the 38-year-old tonto was remanded for four days since Oct 1,” he said. The case is being investigat­ed under Section 135 (1) (d) of the Customs Act 1967. For the first offence, the offender shall be liable to a maximum fine of 20 times of the value of the goods seized or imprisonme­nt not exceeding three years or both upon conviction. In the meantime, Zulkifli appealed to the public to inform the department of any smuggling activities by calling the Customs tollfree line at 1800-88-8855.

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