Foreigner fined for contraband possession

Fadley Faisal

A 33-year-old Indonesian man yesterday pleaded guilty before the Magistrate’s Court to possessing 63 cartons and three packets of smuggled cigarettes.

Senior Magistrate Kamaliah Fadhilah binti Haji Ibrahim ordered Abdul Muid Asmar to settle a BND44,000 fine, or serve 15 months’ jail in default of payment.

The Customs prosecutor revealed in court that the defendant was arrested by Customs preventive officers at his rented home in Kampong Tanjong Nangka at 2pm on December 12 during a raid upon receiving a public tip-off.

Officers found the contraband hidden in various spots around the house.