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Massive smuggling attempt foiled

James Kon

Authorities foiled a smuggling attempt and seized 6,650 cartons of cigarettes during the COVID-19 Task Force Joint Operation, by the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), at Kampong Junjongan on Saturday.

According to the RBPF, a patrol team detected and followed two suspicious vehicles at a junction in Kampong Junjongan.

Upon seeing the enforcement personnel, drivers of both vehicles immediately took off on foot towards the Sultanate’s border.

After an inspection on the vehicles, the team found 133 plastic bags in the vicinity that contained cartons of cigarettes.

The contraband was brought to the Limau Manis Police Station for initial investigation before being moved to the Royal Customs and Excise Department for further action.

The RBPF said it will continue to monitor the borders to curb criminal activities, including the smuggling of people and contraband into the Sultanate.

The seized contraband. PHOTO: RBPF