The RM8.7 million white cigarette smuggling syndicate was killed
JOHOR BAHRU: The Johor Royal Malaysian Customs Department busted a white cigarette smuggling syndicate estimated to be worth RM8.7 million at Pasir Gudang Port, on December 28.
Its director, Sazali Mohamad, said the white cigarettes loaded in a container were detected at about 11.45am as a result of intelligence information from the Pasir Gudang Enforcement Division, JKDM Johor.
“The results of the inspection on the container found 7.9 million white cigarettes believed to be imported from China.
“The estimated value of the seized case items is RM3.2 million with a total tax duty of RM5.5 million.
“The modus operandi of the case is to make untrue and misleading declarations, namely trading as a cabinet in customs forms to avoid high taxes and import permits,” he said at a press conference at Menara Kastam here on Sunday.
According to Sazali, a 43 -year -old local man from a shipping company was detained to assist in the investigation.
The case is being investigated in accordance with Regulation 30 (1) of the Free Zone (Amendment) Regulations 2019, Section 133 (1) (a) of the Customs Act 1967 and Section 135 (1) (a) which is to make an incorrect certificate and bring in goods without a permit.
“If convicted can be fined not less than 10 times the value of the goods or RM100,000 whichever is greater and not more than twenty times the value of the goods or RM500,000 according to any greater amount or imprisonment not less from six months and not more than five years or both at once, “he said.