JOHOR BAHRU (BERNAMA) – The Region Two Marine Police (PPM) seized 717 boxes of firecrackers and fireworks worth more than RM1.5 million in raids on two business premises as well as a lorry at Taman Universiti and Setia Business Park on Tuesday.
Its commander ACP Abdul Rahman Mohamad said the raids which took place between 3.30pm and 7.30pm also saw the arrests of two local men aged 27 and 37.
“The total seizure is estimated to be worth RM1.63 million, including the lorry, which is about RM80,000.
“During the first raid at 3.30pm carried out at a storage facility in Taman Universiti, 160 boxes of firecrackers and fireworks were seized with an estimated value of RM521,640,” he told reporters yesterday.
Abdul Rahman said in the second raid carried out at another storage facility in Setia Business Park at about 7pm, 256 boxes of firecrackers and fireworks worth RM561,570 were seized.
About half an hour later, the authorities seized 301 boxes of fireworks and firecrackers worth RM481,170 from an Isuzu truck parked in front of the premises.
Abdul Rahman said the raids were conducted following tip-offs from the public, and the stock of fireworks and firecrackers were believed to be marketed in the state for the 2020 New Year and Chinese New Year celebrations.
“The raid was led by three officers and 11 members from the Region Two PPM with the assistance of two personnel from the Taman Universiti Police Station,” he said, adding further investigations were underway.