Foreigner fined BND460,000 for smuggled contraband

Fadley Faisal

A 43-year-old Indonesian man pleaded guilty in the Magistrate’s Court, to the illegal possession of 12 boxes, 480 cartons and 10 packets of various brands of cigarettes.

Magistrate Mohammad Marzuqi bin Sabtu on Tuesday ordered Ahmad Muniri to settle a BND460,000 fine, or serve 35 months’ jail in default of payment.

The customs prosecutor informed court that the defendant was arrested at his rented house in Kampong Pulaie, at 10.55am on December 8, following a public tip-off.

The raid was conducted by customs preventive officers, who found the cigarettes stashed in various spots around the house.