SUNGAI SIPUT – Police detained an elderly couple, aged 64 and 65, as well as their 36-year-old son on suspicion of selling and storing contraband cigarettes and liquor worth RM50,000 in a raid on a mini market in Kampung Muhibbah here at 5pm yesterday.
“Police also seized 446 cartons of cigarettes and liquor of various brands which did not have tax labels. Initial investigations also revealed that the elderly couple who were owners of the premises were believed to have sold the contraband items to local residents and did not possess a permit to sell liquor,” Sungai Siput police chief Supt Abd Fatah Abd Rahman told a press conference here today.
In another development, he said four men including an Indonesian national, aged between 16 and 40, who were believed to be members of a moneylending syndicate were arrested while riding in a car in Taman Headwood, here, around 4.20pm yesterday, and were alleged to be putting up loan shark banners in the area.
“Also seized were 172 advertisement banners, 3,100 business cards, a packet of nails, two hammers as well as four mobile phones owned by the suspects who came from Perak and Selangor. Investigations also revealed that the loan shark syndicate believed to be masterminded by a triad offered loans of up to RM500,000 with low yearly interest of 1.5 per cent to deceive the public,” he said. – BERNAMA