Smuggling attempts foiled during joint operation

|     James Kon     |

ATTEMPTS to smuggle subsidised fragrant rice, alcohol and cigarettes were foiled during a late night joint operation at the Kuala Lurah Control Post on Saturday night.

The joint operation led by Senior Inspector Sharimin bin Abdul Rahman, Officer-in-Charge of Limau Manis Police Station, involved 74 enforcement personnel from the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF); Immigration and National Registration Department; Royal Customs and Excise Department; Narcotics Control Bureau; Land Transport Department; Department of Agriculture and Agrifood; Fisheries Department and Health Services Department.

The Royal Customs and Excise Department detained a local for attempting to smuggle two bottles of alcohol and a Malaysian for trying to smuggle four sacks of subsidised fragrant rice.

There were seven separate cases of attempted smuggling of cigarettes, where six locals were detained while another was found to have abandoned the cigarettes at the border.

Two locals and a foreigner were detained for attempting to bring in alcohol without a permit.

There were also two cases of alcohol abandoned at the border.

The main objectives of the joint operation were to combat cross-border crime and demonstrate the government’s seriousness in addressing criminal activities.

The public is advised to comply with the law and regulations of Brunei Darussalam, and are encouraged to play a proactive role as the eyes and ears for the police.

The items seized during the operation. – RBPF