TAIPING - Customs officers from Perak traversed the length of the state and also crossed the border into Selangor to seize contraband cigarettes and alcoholic drinks that had evaded more than RM1mil (S$0.4 million) in taxes.
Perak Customs director Datuk Mohd Nasir Said disclosed that, acting on a tip-off, Customs enforcers from Teluk Intan rushed to Selangor, where they seized more than 1.4 million sticks of smuggled cigarettes at a house in Sungai Besar, about 52km away.
The cigarettes were believed to have a market value of more than RM206,000 while the unpaid duty on the smuggled goods was almost RM723,000, he said, adding that the seizures were made at around 10am on Nov 11.
"The syndicate behind the smuggled goods used luxury multi-purpose vehicles to transport the cigarettes from the house to avoid detection," he told reporters here yesterday.
"Their activities roused the suspicions of the neighbours , who tipped-off the department," he said, adding that the officers also seized one of the vehicles used by the syndicate. No arrests was made.
In another case, Customs enforcement officers from Taiping raided a warehouse in Menglembu, Ipoh, and seized 4,063 cartons of smuggled beer worth more than RM328,000. The unpaid duty on the alcoholic brew was nearly RM617,000.
Three men were arrested in the raid on Nov 15.
Meanwhile, a Malaysian in his 50s was arrested at the Customs-Immigration complex at the Malaysian-Thai border in Pengkalan Hulu for failing to declare his currency when re-entering the country.
"The man was found with RM58,000 during the 9.30am incident on Sunday," Mohd Nasir said.
He said the man, who is being investigated under Section 23(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, had been released on bail.
Travellers crossing international borders are required to declare the amount they carry if the sum is worth more than US$10,000 (RM31,890).