2 nabbed over sale of illegal cigarettes in Malaysia

2 nabbed over sale of illegal cigarettes in Malaysia
A Customs officer checking out the smuggled cigarettes found at a shop in Jalan Telaga Air, Butterworth as the retailer looks on.

KUALA LUMPUR - Two retailers were arrested in raids conducted over the past two days by the Customs Department on outlets suspected of selling smuggled cigarettes.

One, an Acehnese, was picked up from a shop in Persiaran Seri Junjung in Port Klang after Customs officers found 30 packs of illegal cigarettes in the premises.

The other suspect, a local, was arrested at an outlet in Jalan Telaga Air, Butterworth. Three cartons of contraband cigarettes were seized from the shop.

The illegal cigarettes from both outlets were mainly John and Gudang Garam brands.

The raids were conducted under the Ops Outlet crackdown, launched on March, on retailers selling illegal cigarettes.

In George Town, an Indian permanent resident was jailed two days and fined RM2,800 (S$1,084) by a magistrate's court for selling contraband cigarettes.

Mohamed Jalaludeen Mohamed Ishak, 49, pleaded guilty to selling 4,720 sticks of contraband cigarettes, valued at RM159.20, at a shop in Magazine Road on March 4, 2011.

The court also fined Indian national Mohamed Anwar, 35, RM5,800 and jailed him for four days for possessing 7,600 sticks of cigarettes worth RM364 at an outlet in Jalan Gurdwara on Feb 21 last year.

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