— The Johor branch of the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) has uncovered the smuggling of white and ‘kretek’ cigarettes using a mobile toilet following a raid on a premises in Kelapa Sawit, near Kulai, on Sunday.
State Customs director Sazali Mohamad said the raid on the locked and unoccupied premises, by members of the Sungai Pulai Enforcement Division team, was carried out at about 11.50 pm and found a total of 217,160 white and ‘kretek’ cigarette sticks.
“All 184,200 white cigarette sticks and 32,960 ‘kretek’ cigarette sticks, with no customs clearance, are estimated to be worth RM187,048 including tax.
“All were found hidden in a five-tonne truck converted into a mobile toilet,” he said in a statement today.
Sazali said he believed that the premises were used as a place to store cigarettes which were believed to have been smuggled from a neighbouring country before being distributed in the local market.
He said efforts were being made to locate the owners of the lorry and premises for further investigation in accordance with Section 135 (1) (d) of the Customs Act 1967.
“Case items (white and ‘kretek’ cigarettes) are hidden in a lorry that serves as a mobile toilet and distributed using the same vehicle for the purpose of avoiding being detected by enforcement agencies,” he said.
Johor JKDM calls on the public to channel information related to any smuggling activities by contacting the customs toll-free line 1-800-88-8855 or the nearest customs office.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency