Marine police seize RM50,000 worth of diesel from Thai-bound tugboat

Zarina Abdullah

KUALA TERENGGANU: State marine police has foiled an attempt to smuggle 21,000 litres of diesel worth RM50,000 in an operation near Seberang Takir river, here, yesterday.

Its commander Assistant Superintendent Akil Abd Rauf said two locals and two Indonesian crew members, aged between 28 and 36, were detained to assist investigation.

He said the total seizures, including the tugboat, amounted to RM1,350,000.

"Eight enforcement officers raided the boat at 6pm following a tip-off," he said, at the department's head office in Pulau Kambing, today.

"We found out that the boat had a modified fuel tank. Initial investigation showed that the boat was heading towards a neighbouring country from the Kemaman Port," he said,

adding that the tug boat was not authorised to carry the fuel.

Akil said the boat had dropped anchor at the river for the past three days and was about to continue on its journey before the Gong Badak police received a police report on

the matter.

The case is being investigated under the Supply Control Act 1961.