Chinese man slapped BND28K fine for possessing 35 cartons of cigarettes

Fadley Faisal

The Magistrate’s Court yesterday handed a BND28,000 fine to a Chinese national for illegally possessing 35 cartons of cigarettes.

Magistrate Kamaliah Fadhilah binti Haji Ibrahim ordered Mi Jianghua, 45, to settle the fine immediately, or risk 14 months’ imprisonment in default.

The court was informed that the defendant, a worker at Pulau Muara Besar, was discovered with the contraband items by security personnel at 7.46pm, on September 17, before he could enter the area in his vehicle.

The defendant was handed over to the Muara Police Station, and later to the Customs authorities.