BND293,000 fine for possession of contraband

Fadley Faisal

The Magistrate’s Court yesterday slapped a hefty fine of BND293,000 on a 39-year-old permanent resident after he pleaded guilty to the possession of over 300 cartons of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages.

Magistrate Kamaliah Fadhilah binti Haji Ibrahim ordered Ting Lai Soon to settle the fine, and failure to do so will lead to a 32 months’ jail term.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Noradliatul Hidayah binti Haji Mohd Zaidi revealed that an inspection carried out by the Royal Customs and Excise Department on April 29 in Jalan Maulana, Kuala Belait led to the arrest of the defendant, who was found in possession of 314 cartons of cigarettes and alcoholic beverages.

The defendant was given a grace period of 36 months to settle the fine.