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MMEA Foils Attempt To Smuggle Contraband Liquor Worth RM4.4 Million

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KOTA TINGGI – The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) thwarted an attempt to smuggle 7,840 cartons of liquor worth RM4.4 million in Pengerang waters here yesterday.

Its Tanjung Sedili operations director Maritime Commander Mustafa Kamal Abas said the seizure followed the arrest of a Mongolian registered tanker about 2.5 nautical miles off Pengelih, Pengerang.

“The cartons contained various brands of liquor including Royal Stag Whisky, Old Monk Rum, McDowells Green Label Whisky, Honey Bee Brandy, Duchess Vsop Brandy, Jack Daniels Black,” he told reporters here today.

Mustafa Kamal said the vessel was on its way from Singapore to Dumai and the manifest had stated that it was carrying oil.

He added that the ship and its six crew, aged from 23 to 54, were brought to MMEA’s base in Tanjung Sedili for further action.

In JOHOR BAHARU, police seized 200,000 packets of cigarettes worth RM800,000 believed to have been smuggled into the country after intercepting a lorry at KM41.5 Jalan Johor Baharu-Mersing, near Kota Tinggi, at 2am yesterday.

Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the 25-year-old driver of the lorry failed to furnish valid documents for the consigment on being stopped.

Police also arrested a 32-year-old man who was driving a Proton Preve car and was believed to be acting as an “outrider” for the lorry, he told reporters here today.

In BUTTERWORTH, Penang Customs director Datuk Zulkifli Yahya said the department seized four containers containing contraband beer and liquor worth RM2.3 million at the North Butterworth Container Terminal on Tuesday (Jan 13).

“The cargo was declared as concrete bricks from China. However, three of the containers contained Walton Beer, Harboe Extra and Cruise Beer while the other Hunting Lodge Blended Scotch Whisky.

“The contraband was worth RM537,768 with unpaid duty totalling RM1,748,327.40,” he told a press conference here today. – BERNAMA

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