Foreigner fined BND12K for contraband possession

Fadley Faisal

The Magistrate’s Court ordered a Chinese national to settle a BND12,000 fine, after he pleaded guilty to the possession of smuggled cigarettes yesterday.

The defendant, Yang Xinlong, 34, would have to serve 12 months of imprisonment, in default of payment.

The Customs prosecutor informed Magistrate Mohammad Marzuqi bin Sabtu that at 10.16pm on September 14, the defendant was stopped at a security post for routine inspection at Pulau Muara Besar.

The security personnel found 15 cartons of cigarettes in the defendant’s car and handed the case over to customs.