KUALA LUMPUR – A Royal Malaysian Navy vessel, KD Sri Johor today foiled an attempt to smuggle 51 barrels of petrol by boat to Sitangkai,Philippines, early Sunday.
Commander of the Sandakan Base First Admiral Camp Ahmad Abdullah said the boat was detained at about 22 nautical miles north of Mataking Island, about 4.4 nautical miles from the Malaysia-Philippines international waters.
“The boat was detained during a Sabah Eastern Security Command (Esscom) operation at 3.15am and upon further checks, we found three crew-members, aged between 18 and 22, did not have valid identification papers.
“The checks also found 51 barrels of petrol containing 25 litres each, with an estimated value of RM 2,677, meant to be smuggled into Sitangkai, the Philippines.
“Currency worth RM1,454, 2,500 Pesos, and four hand phones were also seized,” he said in a statement here today.
He added that the crew, seized items and the boat were taken to the Bunga Mas 5 vessel for further action. – BERNAMA