Six posing as an agent to smuggle cigarettes. Nation

KOTA TINGGI: Six members of a syndicate who posed as police officers to smuggle cigarettes into the country were arrested here during three rounds.

The arrests were made after a total of 910 boxes of illegal cigarettes with an estimated value of RM80,000 were seized during a series of robberies on Saturday (25 August).

Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Ashmon Bajah said that information about the syndicate known as Geng Apeng was collected from the public.

He added that the first robbery occurred at 4.30 am at KM10, Jalan Feri Terminal, Tanjung Belungkor.

Police followed a car and found 26 large boxes and 10 boxes of illegal cigarettes after stopping.

He said the 48-year-old driver had been arrested.

Supt Ashmon added that two other suspects were arrested in another car 30 and 36 minutes after the first suspect.

"We also found a 50 cm long parang, a walkie-talkie and two mobile phones in the car", he said during a press conference at the police station of Kota Tinggi on Sunday 26 August.

Further investigation into the first three suspects led to the police invading a house at Jalan Surau, Tanjung Belungkor, where three suspects were arrested.

Two local men of 33 and 40 years old, as well as an Indonesian man, who is believed to be members of Geng Apeng, were arrested.

Another 25 cm long parang, three walkie-talkies, two police uniforms, a police beret and four mobile phones were also found in the house, he added.

Supt Ashmon said that illegal cigarettes are supposed to have been smuggled to Indonesia.

We are still investigating to find out how the syndicate could acquire police uniforms and walkie-talkies, he said.

He added that all suspects are returned for four days from Sunday (August 26) and the case is investigated under Article 135 (1) (e) of the Customs Act 1967, Corrosive and Explosive Substance and Offensive Weapons Act 1958, Section 89 (a) of the Police Act 1967 and Section 6 (1) (c) of the Immigration Act 1959.

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