Perak customs seize contraband cigarettes, alcohol worth over RM2 million

IPOH (BERNAMA) – The Perak Customs Department confiscated two million cigarettes of various brands worth RM2 million, including tax, in an inspection at a house in Sitiawan, Lumut, on February 12.

State Customs Director Dr Mohamad Saprin said, following a tip-off from the public, an inspection of the house was carried out at about 11.50am, however, no one was in the house.

“Investigations are still underway to determine who is themastermind behind the case and so far no arrests have been made. We are still investigating whether the house owner was involved in the case or not,” he told a press conference at Wisma Customs yesterday.

Meanwhile, a Customs enforcement team from the Lumut branch seized 6,888 cans of beer and 1,740 bottles of hard liquor worth RM125,000, including tax, in Cheras, Selangor last Thursday.

All the seized items were found in a house and in a lorry parked nearby at about 5.30pm, he said adding that the lorry had also been seized and that Customs was now trying to locate the owner of the house and the lorry.

“Investigations are still underway to determine the culprit behind the case and whether the owner of the house and lorry are involved,” he said.

Mohamad said both cases were being investigated under Section 135(1)(d) Customs Act 1967, punishable under Section 135(1)(v)(aa) of the same act.

State Customs Director, Dr Mohamad Saprin shows the seized items during a press conference. PHOTO: BERNAMA