LABUAN: A ploy to fool enforcement authorities by concealing a consignment of contraband alcoholic drinks underneath stacks of wheat flour, on board a truck, failed when the Marine Police busted the attempt in an operation dubbed Op Terancang (Op Benteng COVID-19) yesterday.
Labuan Marine Police, tipped off by members of the public, allowed the truck to board a ferry which departed the Labuan Ferry Terminal on Tuesday afternoon, before stopping it at the Menumbok jetty at 6.15 pm.
Acting commanding officer Inspector Shafiq Rezza said a 38-year-old man who drove the truck surrendered himself to the Beaufort police station for further investigation.
“The driver tried to fool enforcement officials by placing wheat flour in gunny sacks on top of the contraband Royal Stout and Guinness Stout.
“The truck driver told us upon questioning that he was driving to Kota Kinabalu but failed to give a satisfactory explanation as to where he had loaded the booze, and who were the customers.
Shafiq said contraband consignment was worth RM13, 000 with duty unpaid.
He said the flour worth of RM50, 000 and the Nissan truck valued at RM250,000 were also seized.
Shafiq said the driver of the truck would likely be charged with smuggling under the Section 135 (1) (e) of the Customs Act 1967, since he had failed to produce documents to prove the source of the consignment.