The Magistrate’s Court yesterday ordered a local man to settle a BND16,000 fine after he pleaded guilty to possessing smuggled liquor.
Tee Eng Lee, 44, will risk serving 13 months’ jail in default of payment.
Magistrate Mohammad Marzuqi bin Sabtu heard from the Customs prosecutor that the defendant was found possessing 96 bottles of liquor in cartons inside his car on September 22.
It was revealed that the defendant was found loading goods into his car at the boat jetty Kampong Meniup, Mukim Bokok, Temburong District at 7.32 pm.
The police patrol then tailed the defendant after he loaded the goods and drove away.
The police stopped the defendant and found the bootleg on inspecting his car.