Labuan MMEA And Police Score Major Successes Against Smuggling, Drugs In 2016

File photo showing MMEA personnel with a seizure of contraband cigarettes.
File photo showing MMEA personnel with a seizure of contraband cigarettes.

LABUAN – The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Labuan seized contraband goods worth RM3,391,383.00 with 42 arrests last year.

Its chief Capt Che Adnan Md Isa said the smuggling offences were committed around Labuan and Lawas and Sarawak waters.

“Of the arrests, 22 cases were compounded for a total of RM33,200. We also recorded six cases of cigarette and booze smuggling from 1,631 checks on various types of sea transport and vessels last year,” he told Bernama Thursday.

Supt Adzhar Othman
Supt Adzhar Othman

He added that MMEA Labuan would redouble efforts to tackle smuggling in areas under its jurisdiction.

Meanwhile the Labuan police recorded a steady decline of 36 per cent in the number of drug cases last year, said Labuan police chief Supt Adzhar Othman.

He said the cases had decreased from 422 recorded in 2015 to 270 last year.

“The decline was chiefly due to our narcotic team’s aggressive operations and intensified intelligence gathering effort to curb this drug menace, and we also appreciate the close cooperation from the people,” he told Bernama Thursday.

He, however, said drug trafficking cases reported increased by 38 per cent, with 17 cases compared to nine cases during the previous year.

A total of 340 people were arrested last year for drug offences, including 135 non-Malaysians.