The Magistrate’s Court yesterday ordered a Bangladeshi man to settle a BND13,760 fine for possessing smuggled cigarettes at his work quarters.
Md Nazim, 37, would have to serve 13 months’ jail in default of payment of the fine.
The court heard that the defendant was arrested by Customs preventive officers on discovering that he had kept 16 cartons and 14 packets along with BND684 cash proceeds from illicit sales of the contraband.
The Customs prosecutor yesterday informed the court that the inspection was carried out at the defendant’s work quarters in Kampong Mengkubau at 9.30pm on December 27, 2021.
Senior Magistrate Pengiran Hazirah binti Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof also ordered the cigarettes to be destroyed and cash forfeited.