LAHAD DATU, SABAH – In less than an hour the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) here foiled an attempt in smuggling contraband cigarettes and fish bombing.
The first case saw 187 cartons of cigarettes worth RM 30,497 abandoned by a male suspect who jumped into waters near Kampung Puvut to avoid arrest.
District Maritime Director, Maritime Commander Abdul Muhaimin Salleh said the 3.15pm incident yesterday was sniffed out during routine patrols.
“The suspect got away leaving behind his boat and the contraband. The case is being investigated under Section 135 (1)(d) of the Customs Act…
“We will use all our sources to identify this man and improve border security this coming festive season,” he said.
Meanwhile about 4.30pm in Sungai Merah, two ‘Palauh’ (sea gypsies) failed to evade arrest buy jumping into the water after MMEA caught them red handed for fish bombing.
Muhaimin said the interception was a success thanks to information by locals.
“The two male suspects aged 17 and 33 were void of any identification documents…
“Further inspections on the boat revealed 15 kilograms of fish caught with unscrupulous means,” he detailed.
Both men and the pump boat they were on, including their catch, were tugged to the Lahad Datu MMEA headquarters for processing.