BND42,000 fine for storing contraband

Fadley Faisal

The Magistrate’s Court yesterday ordered a local man to settle a BND42,000 fine for storing smuggled cigarettes in his home.

Acting Senior Magistrate Kamaliah Fadhilah binti Haji Ibrahim ordered Norazrin bin Haji Ahad to serve 14 months’ jail in default of payment after he pleaded guilty to the possession of 52 cartons of smuggled cigarettes.

The customs prosecutor informed court that Royal Customs and Excise Department (RCED) preventive officers found the illicit stash during an inspection of the defendant’s house in Kampong Menengah, Temburong District, at 8.30pm on January 7.

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