Health Department nab senior citizen selling smuggled liquor

BUKIT MERTAJAM, A man was detained for selling various types of smuggled liquors in front of trading premises in Taman Nagasari, Perai in Operation Methanol yesterday.

State Health Department Environmental Health, Food Safety and Quality officer Mohd Wazir Khalid said that the 69-year-old man was detained at 7 pm yesterday in front of the trading premises which were not operational.

”We conducted intelligence work and spied on the location since two weeks after receiving several reports on incidents of six men including two locals who died after alcohol poisoning due to methanol.

”We managed to detain a senior citizen, a former security guard, in from of the premises which were not operational. He only had a table to sell liquors cheaply,” he said here today.

According to Mohd Wazir, an inspection found that the liquors were believed to be smuggled because they did not have permits from the Royal Malaysian Customs Department and further investigation was still going on.

Mohd Wazir said that the man sold the liquors at the location from 6.30 pm to 7 pm since four months ago.

He said that most of his clients were foreigners because the liquors were sold at 50 per cent less than the market prices and some were even sold at RM5 a bottle.

”Further investigation is still being carried out including finding out where the man got his supply of liquors. The man also admitted that selling the liquors is against the law because they are smuggled,” he said.

Mohd Wazir said three samples of the liquors had been sent for tests to determine if they contained methanol.

In Operation Methanol yesterday, the department inspected 15 premises selling smuggled liquors and also seized 77 tins and 14 bottles of various types of liquors worth RM890.

Five notices worth RM12,000 were also issued in the operation.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)