KLIA foils attempt to smuggle in cigarettes, tobacco worth RM2.2 million

FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR


SEPANG: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)’s Customs Department foiled an attempt to smuggle in cigarettes and chewing tobacco with unpaid duties amounting to more than RM2.2 million.

On March 5, Customs seized more than two million sticks of cigarettes worth RM307,200, involving duties of RM1.8million, and 7,560kg of chewing tobacco worth RM105,840, with duties of RM412,639.

KLIA Customs director Datuk Hamzah Sundang said three individuals were arrested to facilitate investigation into the case.

"KLIA Customs officers from the Import and Free Zone Branch arrested three local men, aged between 26 and 34, who were driving three different lorries.

"Checks on the lorries showed that they were carrying cigarettes and chewing tobacco which had not obtained customs approval.

"Preliminary investigations showed that the items had no declaration documents when exiting via KLIA Cargo Customs," he said at a press conference here today.

The importation of cigarettes requires a license under Item 1, Part 2, Schedule 3 of the Customs (Prohibition of Import) Order 2012, while the importation of chewing tobacco is under Regulation 18, Customs Regulation 1977.

The case is being investigated under Section 135(1)(a) of the Customs Act 1967.