Woman among 10 nabbed, contraband seized in Melaka

MELAKA (BERNAMA) – Police arrested nine men and a woman on suspicion of being involved in a cigarette and liquor smuggling syndicate under Operation Contraband conducted from April 13-18.

Melaka Police chief Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali said all the suspects, aged between 22 and 62, were detained in nine separate raids around the Melaka Tengah and Alor Gajah districts.

He said the operation, conducted by the Melaka Criminal Investigation Department and the 6th Battalion of the General Operations Force (PGA), also seized 928,050 sticks of white and kretek cigarettes as well as 45 bottles of liquor of various brands without tax with an estimated current market value of MYR685,000.

“During the inspection, the cigarettes and liquor were found kept in houses and stores as well as cars before being sold to selected sundry shops and supermarkets.

“All the suspects are believed to have supplied the Melaka market for the past one year,” he told a press conference at the Melaka Police Contingent Headquarters in Ayer Keroh yesterday.

Abdul Majid said police also seized four vehicles, which were believed to have been used to deliver the supplies, adding that all five suspects also had criminal and drug records.

“They have been remanded until April 27 to assist in the investigation, which is being carried out under Section 135 (1) (d) of the Customs Act 1967 for possessing contraband cigarettes,” he said.

Melaka Police chief Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali shows the seized contraband. PHOTO: BERNAMA