BANTING - A syndicate smuggling cigarettes and liquor along the coastline of Selangor in luxury cars has been busted.
A team from the Kuala Langat police headquarters yesterday recovered 9 MPVs and a Toyota Camry, worth about RM1.4mil (S$537,000), at an oil palm estate near the coastline of Jugra.
Of the 10 vehicles recovered, five had been reported stolen in Puchong, Putrajaya, Kajang and Salak Tinggi.
No arrests were made because the suspects escaped on foot upon seeing the police in the 6am incident.
Selangor police head Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said police had identified the suspects, adding that he was confident they would be arrested soon.
"When the police got to the location, the suspects escaped. No illegal items were found in the vehicles.
"The police are now in the midst of finding out who the mastermind is," he said, adding that he had instructed police chiefs from other districts to also monitor smuggling activities, especially along the coastline.
Without disclosing any information on how long the syndicate had been in operation, SDCP Mohd Shukri said the group got their source of liquor and cigarettes from the coastline and sold them locally.
He said his men had been monitoring the syndicate for more than a month.
"Usually there are only one or two vehicles at the coastline but this is the first time that 10 cars came at one time," he added.
From initial investigations, SDCP Mohd Shukri said the police found that the syndicate changed its locations frequently but stayed close to the coastline.
He added that the police were also investigating the source of the illegal goods.