Two men were yesterday ordered to settle fines well over BND100,000 after pleading guilty for possessing large amounts of smuggled cigarettes.
Local Saifulrizal bin Ismail, 29, was fined BND170,000 and would have to serve 23 months’ jail in default of payment after he pleaded guilty to the charge.
He was found to have kept 537 cartons and 107 packets of cigarettes in his car when the authorities inspected his house on Jalan Keruak, RPN Kampong Panaga, Seria at 11.35am on March 16, 2015.
Malaysian Luk Boon Heng, 46, was ordered to settle a fine of BND105,000 for possessing smuggled cigarettes and beer. He would have to serve 23 months’ jail in default of payment of the fine after he pleaded guilty to the charge and admitted that he was caught red handed by the authorities while driving his vehicle in Pekan Bangar, Temburong District on November 18.
He was found with 125 cartons of cigarettes in his vehicle and further inspection at his home in Kampong Subok revealed he had kept four cartons of beer without an import permit.
Magistrate Hajah Ervy Sufitriana binti Haji Abdul Rahman presided over the cases.