The Royal Customs and Excise Department seized 1,291 cartons and nine sticks of cigarettes, 71 vape pods, and 24 bottles and 96 cans of alcohol during two separate operations in Kampong Batong, Mukim Pengkalan Batu and RPN Kampong Serasa.
In the first operation on August 30 at Kampong Batong, enforcement personnel detained two local men aged 30 and 15 for the alleged possession of contraband.
Two hundred and ninety-one cartons, and nine sticks of cigarettes, 71 vape pods, 24 bottles and 96 cans of alcohol as well as BND2,328 were also found, believed to be proceeds from the sale of the contraband.
Meanwhile, in the second operation joined by Halal Food Control Division at RPN Kampong Serasa, enforcement officers seized 1,000 cartons of cigarettes, and detained suspects involved in the sale of the contraband.
The suspects and evidence were brought to the Law Enforcement Division office for investigation.
The public is advised to comply with the laws and regulations of the Sultanate.
Engaging in smuggling activities and possessing contraband goods is an offence under Section 146 of the Excise Order 2006.
Information related to activities that violate the laws and regulations enforced by the RCED can be forwarded at 8714422 or 8721422.