Two smuggling attempts foiled

James Kon

Attempts to smuggle 1,321 cartons of cigarettes into the country in two separate incidents were foiled by the authorities.

In yesterday’s incident, the Marine Police personnel seized 1,110 cartons of cigarettes of several brands during a routine patrol in the waterways near Pulau Chermin, Marine Police Commanding Officer Haji Mahran bin Haji Ahmad said.

The boat heading towards Pulau Chermin was detected by Marine Police during a routine patrol, he told a press briefing yesterday.

He said when the boat crew noticed police presence, the boat’s direction was changed and speed increased in a bid to escape.

Marine Police gave chase and the boat crew off loaded the cargo into the water and
sped away.

The police personnel who picked the floating boxes, found the contraband inside them.

Police personnel with the smuggled items. PHOTOS: RBPF
The smuggled cigarettes

The contraband was brought to the Marine Police headquarters in Muara for initial investigations.

The case was handed over to the Royal Customs and Excise Department.

In the second incident, officers of Company ‘C’ Police Reserve Unit of the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces on Thursday foiled an attempt to smuggle contraband into the country through the Kuala Lurah border area.

Two male Malaysians allegedly involved in the smuggling attempt were detained while 211 cartons of cigarettes of various brands were also seized.

Acting Commanding Officer of the Police Reserve Unit Superintendent of Police Suhairi bin Haji Sukri revealed these details at a press briefing yesterday.

The contraband and the suspects were taken to the Limau Manis Police Station and handed over to the Royal Customs and Excise Department for further investigations.

This is the fourth case of smuggling activities foiled by the Company ‘C’ Police Reserve Unit of the RBPF and the RBAF in the past few days.