MO,12/2/2018, GELANG PATAH: A barter trade ship cruising along Tanjung Piai last Saturday evening was stopped by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on suspicion of smuggling contraband goods.
According to South Region maritime director Datuk Abu Bakar Idris, the agency was tipped off about the ship’s smuggling of contraband cigarettes and liquor near Tanjung Piai waters.
Abu Bakar said the agency enforcement team who raided the ship found 916,500 packs of white cigarettes and 3,038 bottles of liquor which are estimated to be worth RM2.5 million.
“We also seized the ship and detained the ten men aged between 25 and 53 years old onboard. They are all crew members,” he said.
Abu Bakar said the crew members on the ship failed to provide any legal documents relating to their cargo of cigarettes and liquor,” he said.
Abu Bakar said the offence committed was investigated under Section 135 (1) (D) Customs Act 1967 which stipulates a fine of not less than ten times the amount of the goods seized and up to three years jail or both, upon conviction.