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BND13K fine for illegal cigarettes possession

A 26-year-old local man yesterday pleaded guilty at the Magistrate’s Court to a charge for possessing smuggled cigarettes at his home.

Muhamad Khairul Afiq bin Awang Tinggal was ordered to settle a BND13,000 fine, or serve 13 months’ jail in default.

The Customs prosecutor revealed in court that the defendant had kept 12 cartons and seven packets of a variety brand of cigarettes at home in RPN Kampong Meragang on December 4, 2021.

Magistrate Nur Eleana Dato Seri Paduka binti Haji Hairol Arni further heard that customs officials conducted the inspection at 9.49pm and determined the cigarettes were smuggled.

The court ordered the seized cigarettes to be forfeited to the state.

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