Malaysian customs officers find hiding place

JOHOR BARU - The attic is no place to hide contraband as one shopkeeper discovered during a Customs raid.

The officers found 63 packs of illegal cigarettes stashed in the attic of the sundry shop in Jalan Dato Musa, Kampung Pasir, and arrested the 29-year-old Indonesian worker.

The shop was among several outlets nationwide that were raided this week under the Customs Department's Ops Outlet crackdown on illegal cigarettes.

Two men were arrested in Pekan Sungai Rambai (Malacca) and Taman Senawang Jaya (Negri Sembilan) for similar offences.

Customs officers also raided outlets in Petaling Jaya (Selangor) and Pudu Ulu (Kuala Lumpur), and seized contraband cigarettes.

Between January and March this year, 1,056 outlets had been raided and 196 people arrested. About 5.5 million sticks of cigarettes were seized, with unpaid duty amounting to RM32.59mil (S$12 million).