KOTA KINABALU - Thousands of turtle eggs were seized from an abandoned speedboat in east coast Sandakan.
The eggs, found in six large plastic bags on Tuesday, were believed to have been stolen from various nests before they were packed and sold.
Sandakan marine police commander Assist Comm Mohamad Madun said a team of patrol police had noticed a speedboat near Kg. Forest filled with goods and had approached it for inspection.
However, the boatman sped off and jumped into the sea when he neared the seashore and escaped, he said in a statement.
In an unrelated incident, marine police seized about RM29,000 worth of contraband cigarettes from a speedboat at a river in Kg Mangkalinau.
ACP Mohamad said several people earlier seen carrying boxes onto the boat fled when they saw authorities approaching.
The cigarettes were believed smuggled from the neighbouring country to be sold in Sandakan.