ALOR SETAR: The Malaysian border security agency (Aksem) has taken on 260 (260) counterbalanced cigarettes worth more than RM1.7 million and four luxury cars worth around RM900,000 on Saturday (1 September). smuggling attack.
Bukit Kayu Hitam Aksem commander Asst Supt Mohd Khairi Abdullah said after a tip: an intelligence team here on Friday (August 31) at 9 pm a two-story semi-detached house in Taman Lavender.
"Around 5 pm (after almost 20 hours of security), the team moved into the house, which was unlocked and uninhabited.
"The officers came into the house where they found more than 260 boxes and thousands of cartons with unpaid cigarettes.
"Further inspection of a black Toyota Estima car parked in the porch revealed more contraband cigarettes loaded inside," ASP Khairi said in a press conference at the headquarters of State Aksem at Bangunan KDN Anak Bukit here on Sunday (September 2).
Also present was deputy state Aksem commander Abd Mutalif Ahmad.
Three other cars in the compound – two Toyota Estima and a Toyota Vellfire – were found full of boxes and contraband cigarettes. The car keys are found in the house.
"A check of the car's registration numbers indicated that they were being cloned," he said.
The cars carried false registration numbers and their chassis numbers had been tampered with.
"The process of identifying the actual owners of these cars will be carried out," he added.
According to ASP Khairi, the confiscated cigarettes included about RM1,908,400 (including duties) white cigarettes and RM640,800 (including duties) from keretek.
The value of the seized cars was about RM889,200 (including import duties).
"Preliminary research has shown that the vehicles were used to distribute the cigarettes to various sales outlets in the state.
"A person who was identified by the agency as" Cina Pendek "was considered the brain behind the seized items," he said.
The confiscated cigarettes are handed over to customs for investigation under Article 135 (1) (e) of the Customs Act 1967.