The Royal Customs and Excise Department (RCED), through its law Enforcement Division seized a haul of contraband and detained a number of individuals allegedly involved in the cases in four separate locations on December 24 and 25, 2021.
Enforcement personnel found 49 cartons of cigarettes inside an abandoned vehicle during an operation in Kampong Katimahar on December 24, 2021.
Customs enforcement personnel raided a foreign worker house and detained two men – a 31-year-old Indonesian and a 36-year old Malaysian – for allegedly storing and selling contraband on December 25, 2021. The contraband comprised 11 cartons, one pack and 13 sticks of cigarettes as well as 29 bottles of alcohol.
On the same day, an operation in Jalan Pasir Berakas found two Indonesian men – aged 31 and 36 – in possession of contraband, including 208 cartons and 37 packs of cigarettes as well as BND4,400 believed to be proceeds from the sales of the contraband.
Meanwhile, in Mukim Sengkurong, the RCED detained a 41-year-old Malaysian found in possession of contraband, including 154 carton of cigarettes, 439 bottles of alcohol and BND5,340 believed to be the proceeds from sales of contraband.
The contraband was seized and the suspects brought to the Law Enforcement Division for investigation.