3 Sea Gypsies Nabbed, Petrol Worth RM40k, Seized In Semporna

KOTA KINABALU: Three sea gypsies were arrested as they allegedly attempted to smuggle about RM40,000 worth of petrol to islands in the southern Philippines.

Sabah Marine police commander Asst Comm Mohammad Pajeri Ali said the suspects, who were in three separate boats, were found with a total of 1,160 litres of petrol when intercepted in waters off Tg Menimpa, Semporna.

He said the suspects, aged from 26 to 40, failed to provide documents showing they were allowed to transport the fuel.

“We believe that they were planning to smuggle it to a neighbouring country, ” he added.

He said they seized the fuel and the three boats for further investigation under the Control of Supplies Act 1961.

They face up to a RM1mil fine and three years’ jail if found guilty.

ACP Pajeri said that the marine police would continue to monitor smuggling and cross-border crime in the east coast of Sabah during the movement control order period.