PASIR MAS (Bernama) – Malaysian police seized firecrackers and fireworks worth RM30,000 during a raid at Rantau Panjang on Saturday.
Pasir Mas Deputy Police Chief Superintendent Ismail Jusoh said the raid was carried out by the 7th Battalion of the General Operations Force (PGA) at 7.15pm following intelligence and public information.
“During the raid, police inspected a car and discovered firecrackers kept in the vehicle.
“In the follow-up inspection, PGA personnel also found another lot of firecrackers hidden inside the suspect’s house,” he told a press conference at Pasir Mas Police headquarters (IPD) yesterday.
Also present was 7th Battalion Commanding Officer, Kuantan PGA DSP Ab Aziz Che Embong.
Ismail said a 72-year-old suspect who was arrested and now released on bail, was believed to be the distributor of the items (that will be widely used) in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations next week.
“All the items were smuggled into the state from Thailand through a rat trail,” he said.
He said the elderly suspect had a previous record of smuggling firecrackers.