Perlis border security seizes RM7m worth of cigs and liquors


MO,13/2/2018, KANGAR: Perlis’s Malaysian Border Security Agency (Aksem) has seized cigarettes and liquors worth RM7 million, including unpaid duties and taxes, at a warehouse in Permatang Puah, Seberang Jaya Penang yesterday. The 3pm raid was conducted after two weeks of surveillance. Padang Besar Aksem commander Superintendent Bahari Ahmad said the agency found 24,374 cartons of cigarettes in various brands worth about RM3.6 million including unpaid taxes and 1,814 cartons of liquor worth about RM3.7 million including unpaid taxes inside the warehouse.

Also seized were six lories worth about RM300,000, he added. “Our team also arrested six individuals, including five Bangladeshi believed to be workers at the warehouse. “Preliminary investigation showed that the warehouse has been in operation since three months ago and the cigarettes and liquors are bound for distribution from north Perak until Perlis,” he said when met today.

Bahari said the men and the seized goods were handed to the Customs Department for further action under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967.


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Johor police bust drug ring, seize RM1.75 million worth of liquid syabu


MO,13/2/2018, MUAR: Police have busted a drug trafficking ring, specialising in distribution of liquid syabu, following the arrest of three people in three separate raids near Bakri on Monday. The police team raided three houses in the area and seized 0.86 grammes of heroin, 77.17 grammes of syabu and 16 erimin 5 pills worth about RM40,000.

Muar police chief Assistant Commissioner Zaharudin Rasip said two buckets, containing 25.5 kilogrammes of liquid syabu, worth RM1.75 million, were also seized at one of the houses. “Acting on a tip-off, a team from the district Narcotics Criminal Investigation Division conducted the raids and seized the drugs,” he said.

He added that the police were still investigating whether the liquid syabu, valued at about RM70,000 per kilogrammes, will be further processed at the houses or distributed for other uses. Also seized were RM250 in cash and a BMW worth RM80,000.

Zaharudin said the three suspects, aged between 35 and 43, have been remanded until next Monday. “Two of the suspects were tested positive for methamphetamine,” said Zaharudin.

He said the case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

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MMEA seizes RM2.5 million worth of contraband off Tanjung Piai waters


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.


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RM17mil worth of smuggled goods, including drugs, seized by Esscom last year


MO,9/2/2018, LAHAD DATU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) has seized RM17 million worth of smuggled goods, including drugs and other illegal items, in 1,648 operations across Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone) last year. Bukit Aman’s Internal Security and Public Order Department director Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah said the meeting with security agencies today showed they were able to handle threats from outside including from extremists who attempt to cross into the state’s waters.

“It is important for the public to continue to remember the Tanduo intrusion so we can give attention to prevent this kind of threats from recurring. “Now with our country facing the 14th General Election (GE), I have also discussed on ways to ensure that everything will go smoothly. “We will ensure that no outside elements will take advantage while we are busy with the election preparations,” he said at the district marine police base here.

He said among the security improvements being made included the Road Check Point (RCP) at Tawau and Beluran. “RCP was suggested as one of the ways to curb smuggling, “We have discussed with the army and hoped they will cooperate with Esscom and other security agencies to form these two proposed inspection centres,” he said, adding that he is confident the army will respond to the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS).

Apart from land, he said there was also a proposal to have three Sea Check Point (SCP) in Sandakan, Pulau Siamil and Karakil in Kudat to curb smuggling and other crossborder crimes at sea. “With RCP and SCP, it would strengthen security in this state, and hopefully the people would be more confident in our security teams.” he added.


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Masked robbers escape with jewellery worth RM720,000 in heist

MO,8/2/2018, PETALING JAYA: A group of three masked robbers fled with RM720,000 worth of jewellery in a heist at a goldsmith shop located at a hypermarket in Kota Damansara. The trio stormed into the goldsmith outlet at 11.47am on Thursday with one of them armed with a .38 revolver. Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din said the assailant, who was armed with the pistol, disarmed a security guard and snatched his pump gun.

“The other two suspects grabbed eight trays of jewellery worth RM720,000 before all three of them fled the scene. “They tossed the pump gun at the hypermarket’s parking lot before escaping in a white Perodua Myvi bearing the registration number VA 8247,” he said when contacted.

He added that the car registration number used by the suspects was fake. “We are in the midst of tracking down the assailants,” he said.


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Customs seize 880kg of drugs worth RM18 million


MO,29/1/2018, NILAI: The Royal Customs Department has crippled a drug syndicate and seized RM18 million worth of drugs weighing a total of 880 kilogrammes. Its director general Datuk Seri T Subromaniam said the department received a tip off from the public and a team of enforcement officers raided a storage premises in Kajang, Selangor last Friday at 11.30pm.

During the raid, the department confiscated 31 sacks of heroin weighing 776 kilogrammes and six sacks of ketamine weighing a total of 114 kilogrammes. He said all the drugs were declared as salt and were transported in two containers from Karachi, Pakistan via Port Klang. “We arrested 19 foreigners which include three women, of which 10 were from Pakistan, and four each from Myanmar and Indonesia aged between 18 and 50 years old.”

“Preliminary investigation show that the syndicate is headed by foreigners, of which the ring leaders are among those arrested.” “We believe Malaysia was a transit point and we will investigate further to determine if there are any locals involved or otherwise,” he told reporters at the department’s narcotics division here today. Subromaniam said the modus operandi of the syndicate is to bury each 25 kilogramme sack of drugs together with the 1,885 kilogramme of salt to deceive the authorities.

He added only seven foreigners have valid travel documents while the rest will be handed over to the Immigration Department for further action. “All suspects are remanded for seven days since Saturday to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.”


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Cops bust ‘CK’ gang, drugs worth more than RM4 mln seized


MO,19/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR, – Police crippled a drug trafficking syndicate in the Klang Valley known as the ‘CK’ gang following the arrest of three individuals and seized more than RM4 million worth of drugs in two raids on Monday. Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim said the Kuala Lumpur Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department arrested a couple, aged 29 and 30, in Jalan Kuchai Maju before raiding their home in Taman Salak Selatan here.

“Their arrest and interrogation led to the arrest of another man, aged 31, in a condominium in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Initial investigations found that the condominium was used for storing and packing drugs including packaging multi-flavoured ecstasy laced drink powder into packets before being sent to entertainment outlets,” he told a press conference here today. Police seized more than 51 kilogrammes (kg) of suspected ecstasy, ganja (14 grammes), ketamine (473gm) and Erimin 5 pills (223gm) which is the biggest drug haul so far and can be supplied to over 100,000 users.

The two male suspects tested positive for drugs. “They are believed to have been operating over the past year, and police are tracking down the rest of the gang to curb drug trafficking around the Klang Valley,” he said. The couple have been remanded six days from Tuesday while the other man was remanded seven days from yesterday to facilitate investigations.


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Man held with drugs worth RM900000 at KLIA

NILAI: Customs officers arrested a Malaysian man and seized two packets containing 20 kg of ketamine valued at RM900,000 soon after he arrived on a flight from Mumbai last month, it was revealed here today.

Customs deputy director-general (enforcement and compliance) Datuk Zulkifli Yahya said the 37-year-old man was held at 10.45 am on Oct 13 at the KL International Airport.

“An inspection showed up the two packets containing a powder of a chocolate colour in his luggage. The man said the substance was turmeric powder that he had bought at a supermarket in India to make an ingredient for a health drink.

“A test at the Chemistry Department confirmed that the powder was ketamine,” he said to reporters.

Zulkifli said the man, who is the owner of a karaoke centre and was found to be positive for drugs, was being remanded until Monday to facilitate the investigation.

“We are investigating to ascertain whether the suspect is a drug mule,” he added.


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