Enforcement personnel bust smuggling attempt

James Kon

An attempt to smuggle 36 bottles of alcohol was foiled by enforcement personnel on Friday evening. The personnel on routine patrol noticed three individuals carrying black boxes emerging from the forested areas bordering Malaysia.

The suspects on seeing the personnel, dropped the boxes and ran back across the border. One smuggler was carrying a 17-inch long machete.

Upon checking the boxes, 36 bottles of alcohol were found. The contraband was brought to the Kampong Ayer Police Station for investigation and handed over to Royal Customs and Excise Department (RCED).

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) will continue to monitor the borders while strengthening surveillance to restrict illegal entry to curb COVID-19 transmission and eradicate crime in Brunei Darussalam.

Enforcement personnel patrolling the border also face risks of physical dangers, the RBPF said in a release.

Personnel of Company ‘C’ Police Reserve Unit of RBPF and personnel of Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) in a Taskforce Security COVID-19 joint operation did not sustain injuries.

According to the RBPF, a group of enforcement personnel during routine patrol found the suspicious looking vehicle parked at the industrial area of Kampong Lumapas.

After noticing the enforcement personnel, the driver sped off in the direction of the patrol. They dodged the incoming vehicle and the suspect escaped the scene.

Contraband found during the patrol. PHOTO: RBPF