Seven Held In RM1.9 Million Alcohol Bust

KOTA KINABALU: Seven people were hauled in after police seized about RM1.9 million worth of contraband alcohol in three separate raids here last week.

State Commissioner of Police Datuk Zaini Jass said they found a total of 18,320 cartons of various kinds of beverages in seven large containers.

“We believe all the cases are linked where the items seized were brought in from outside the country,” he told reporters at the state police headquarters in Kepayan here today.

He said the first raid was carried out by a police team from Tuaran who stormed a storehouse at Kilometer 27 Jalan Telipok Lama near here on June 23.

In the 12.05pm raid, he said the team found three containers with 8,040 cartons of alcohol.

“Two men aged 25 and 34, who were the caretaker and supervisor of the storehouse were also detained then to facilitate the investigation,” he said.

Zaini said the second and third raids took place at Jalan Kilang in Kolombong and Jalan Tuaran Bypass here on June 29.

“Also detained were three container lorry drivers aged between 37 and 67.

“Following that, we arrested a 45-year-old man and a woman aged 32 who had a hand in the paperwork on the containers,” he said, adding the case is being investigated under the Customs Act 1967.

Meanwhile, Zaini earlier witnessed the city police team destroying gambling paraphernalia that were seized between 2005 and 2015 in the state.

He said 812 items including computer components, mobile phones and laptops were destroyed in the exercise.