Malaysian Maritime Police Bust Major Cigarette Smuggling Operation

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Malaysian maritime police successfully dismantle a cigarette smuggling syndicate in Penang and seize cigarettes worth RM5.12 million.

According to a report by Sinar Harian, after a four-day investigation, the Maritime Police Force in Penang, Malaysia, successfully dismantled a cigarette smuggling syndicate and seized cigarettes worth 5.12 million Malaysian Ringgit (approximately 8 million Chinese Yuan).

The Assistant Director of Operations of Penang’s First District Marine Police, Samsul Kashin, announced that based on intelligence information, the authorities conducted a raid at 6 p.m. in a terrace house on Jalan Chung Loy Fook in Tanjong Tokong. During the operation, 24,500 cartons were discovered, containing a total of 4.9 million sticks of contraband cigarettes.

These cigarettes were discovered last Tuesday in a residential property. This is the largest-scale tobacco smuggling case in the area, involving individuals who smuggle tobacco from neighboring countries into Malaysia via boats and then stash them in designated houses, awaiting distribution in the domestic market.

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