RM110K In Cash, RM300K Contraband Cigarettes, Liquor Seized By Customs

More than RM110,000 in cash was found in the possession of a suspected smuggler in Kota Kinabalu. He could be charged for money laundering as well as smuggling.

KOTA KINABALU: Customs officers scored a major success here last week when they seized contraband worth over RM300,000 as well as cash amounting to RM110,600 in a room at a house in Taman Soon Kiong here.

A 43-year-old local man who was in the house was arrested while some 1,803 cartons of various brands of cigarette and 25 bottles of liquor were found.

Janathan, centre, with his senior officers showing off the contraband that was seized.

Janathan Kandok, the Sabah Customs director told a press conference Monday that the cash and seizure is the biggest so far this year.

“We are still ascertaining the source country from which the cigarettes were smuggled from into the state,” Janathan said, adding that Fort Black and Che were not the common brands usually smuggled into the state.

“We also see the Dunhill brand back in the smugglers list. They smuggled it some 15 years ago. We found it among those cigarettes seized,” added Janathan, who officially retires Monday.

Various cigarette brands and liquor were found in the Taman Soon Kiong house.

He said Customs officers moved in following a week of intelligence gathering on the movements at the house.

Apart from taking action under Customs Act for possession of good with unpaid duties worth RM2.7 mil, he said they would also investigate the suspect for money laundering might charge him for it.