| Fadhil Yunus |
HEFTY fines and jail terms notwithstanding, cigarette smuggling continues unabated as more than 400 cigarette cartons were confiscated by the Royal Customs and Excise Department following two separate inspections.
The first inspection, which was carried out Monday night at around 9pm by officers from the Law Enforcement Section, resulted in the seizure of 224 cartons of cigarettes of various brands at a house in Kg Ayer.
The officers detained a 23-year-old male but two others managed to escape by jumping into the river.
At the second inspection area at approximately 12.50pm yesterday, officers detained two local men in an operation along the vicinity of Jln Residency.
One of them attempted to escape by jumping into the river but his freedom was short-lived as he was caught in a house at Kg Ayer.
The officers found 182 cartons of cigarettes in a car which were reportedly meant for supply to potential clients.
The suspects have been detained for further investigation and could be charged under Chapter 146 of the Excise Order.
In this regard, the Royal Customs and Excise Department has expressed its gratitude for the information and called on the general public to provide support in its bid to prevent illegal smuggling activities by contacting the Customs hotline at 8714422 or 2382422.