Customs foil bid to smuggle alcohol, frozen meat worth RM1.5 mil

Customs deputy director (enforcement and compliance) Zulkifli Yahya says the seized items were found in a container at the Pandamaran Industrial Park in Port Klang. (Bernama pic)

ALOR SETAR: The Customs Department foiled an attempt to smuggle in alcohol and frozen meat worth over RM1.5 million in a container at the Pandamaran Industrial Park, Port Klang, in Selangor, on Monday.

Its deputy director (enforcement and compliance) Zulkifli Yahya said a 38-year-old man, who was the “tonto” responsible for keeping watch on the container, was also detained.

According to him, a check by a team from the Alor Setar branch at 3pm found 13,152 bottles of liquor from India worth more than RM1.4 million with tax estimated at RM885,787.

“We also found 273 boxes of frozen meat from Brazil weighing 5,106kg worth RM72,840 and RM7,284 in tax. The overall value is more than RM1.5 million with tax estimated at RM893,071.

“The check found that the container had been using conventional routes without going through proper customs inspection. The quantities and types of items declared also did not tally with the documentation,” he said at a media conference here today.

Zulkifli said the modus operandi used in this case was to stack the boxes of frozen meat near the container door while the boxes of liquor were arranged at the back of the container.

“This is the first time we have seen such a modus operandi where they used the frozen meat boxes as a cover to prevent the enforcement personnel from detecting the boxes of liquor hidden at the back.

“We have seized the container while the 38-year-old tonto was remanded for four days since Oct 1,” he said.