KOTA KINABALU: Smuggled cigarettes worth over RM3.3 million were seized following a surveillance by law enforcers in Tawau over the weekend.
The contraband was found in am empty premises in the wee hours of July 5 by General Operations Force (GOF) personnel at Jalan Sri Aman, Batu 3 in the district.
Tawau GOF Battalion 14 commanding officer Supt Mohd Yacob Murad said about 239,700 packets of cigarettes were confiscated during the operation.
“A man with a walkie talkie was first arrested at the scene and the
38-year-old Filipino who is an IMM13 holder, was suspected to have been stationed there keep a lookout for vehicles on the route,” he added.
The team then continued inspecting the surrounding areas and on reaching an empty premises, found the cigarettes in several boxes, as well as a van believed to be used to deliver the smuggled goods to markets in and outside the district.
The seized cigarettes are estimated to worth RM3.39 mill after tax, and together with the other confiscated items, namely, a walkie talkie, a mobile phone, and the van, the total value of good seized amounted to RM3.47 million.
The suspect was detained for further investigations.