| Fadley Faisal |
A 22-YEAR-OLD local was yesterday fined $32,000, in default 14 months’ jail, after pleading guilty to possession of undeclared cigarettes.
Jainuddin bin Awang Jainin was caught red-handed twice at his Kampong Pekilong Muara home in Kampong Ayer by Customs preventive agents.
The first occasion was on October 26 last year when officers found 104 cartons of cigarettes and 12 cans of beer.
The second incident was on April 7 this year when he was found in possession of six cartons of cigarettes.
Meanwhile, in a separate case, a 48-year-old Malaysian was fined $4,500, in default four months’ jail, for undeclared cigarettes.
Stephen Kalong anak Entap was found with 11 cartons of undeclared cigarettes in a vehicle as he arrived at the Sungai Tujoh Control Post at about 6.33am on October 4.
He said he had nothing to declare upon arrival at the Customs Clearance Bay. However, an inspection proved otherwise.
In another case, a 53-year-old Bruneian woman was fined $21,000, in default 15 months’ jail, after she pleaded guilty to possession of smuggled cigarettes.
Saimah binte Wahab was caught red-handed by Customs preventive agents in possession of undeclared cigarettes at her home in Kampong Pelambaian, Jalan Kota Batu.
She was first caught on May 5 during a raid on her home. As the defendant was not at the scene, two of her sons witnessed the inspection, where officers found 53 cartons and 51 packets of undeclared cigarettes.
On the second occasion, officers found the defendant to be in possession of three cartons and 49 packets of cigarettes at her home.