Local man fined BND298,000 for smuggling cigarettes

Hakim Hayat

A 24-year-old local man who pleaded guilty to possessing smuggled cigarettes was ordered to pay a BND298,000 fine or serve jail time in default by the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Muhammad Raimi bin Haji Muhammad Hamdil’lah will have to serve 27 months’ jail in default of payment.

Customs and Excise Department Prosecuting Officer informed Magistrate Pengiran Hazirah binti Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof that the defendant was stopped in his car on arrival at the Kuala Lurah Control Post on January 28 at 1.45pm for a routine inspection.

Customs officers found two boxes, 52 cartons and eight packets of cigarettes in the defendant’s car.