Sobering moment: Dealer, smugglers run out of luck

James Kon

Enforcement officers have made great stride in foiling criminal activities with the detection of staggering hauls of alcoholic beverages and concealed drugs over the last few days.

Acting on a tip-off, Royal Customs and Excise Department (RCED) Law Enforcement Division officers raided a house in Jalan Kebangsaan and arrested a local man, 46, in possession of contraband for sale.

The raiding party found a staggering 809 bottles and 3,153 cans of alcohol, a dispenser containing 19 litres of alcohol, BND3,524 believed to be proceed from the selling of the contraband and a vehicle, all of which were taken to the RCED to facilitate investigations.

In a separate incident, COVID-19 Taskforce personnel apprehended a 29-year-old local man involved in smuggling 452 bottles of alcohol at Kampong Junjongan, Mukim Pengkalan Batu.

Patrolling personnel from Reserved Company ‘C’ of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and Royal Brunei Armed Forces caught the suspect red-handed as he attempted to bring in the contraband placed in black packages, the RBPF said.

The contraband seized during the patrol. PHOTO: RBPF

The suspect and the packages were taken to the Limau Manis Police Station for investigation, following which the suspect was brought to the Games Village quarantine centre to carry out a two-week quarantine. The case has been handed over to the RCED for further investigation.

The RBPF seeks public cooperation in providing information to help combat smuggling activities

Additionally, the RCED during a routine inspection on an incorrectly declared package at the Mumong Post Office counter, detected several small plastic packages suspected to contain controlled drugs.

The items were packed into a black plastic tube affix to a clothing catalogue. The owner of the package and the items were handed over to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for further investigation.

The RCED reminds the public to correctly declare the items brought in through post offices. Making an incorrect declaration is an offence under Section 138 of Customs Order 2006.

The department also advises the public to comply with the laws and regulations of the country, and to avoid involvement in the smuggling of contraband or bringing in prohibited goods without permission from the relevant agencies.

Information on smuggling can be channelled to the department at 8714422, 8721422 or the nearest RCED office.