Johor customs foil 2 attempts to smuggle liquor
JOHOR BARU: Johor Customs prevented two attempts to smuggle liquor into the country through the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex in Bangunan Sultan Iskandar yesterday morning.
Johor Customs director Datuk Ramli Johari said the first attempt was at 7.15am when a team of customs officers stopped a van driven by a 24-year-old man.
"Following an inspection, customs officers found a large quantity of liquor in the van covered with black clothes," he told reporters at a media conference today.
Customs seized 50 boxes of "Bacardi Superior Rum" and 39 boxes of "Baileys" whisky worth RM65,400 with unpaid taxes worth more than RM93,269.
Ramli said in the second incident at 7.25am, customs held another van and found 80 boxes of "Glenfidich Scotch" worth RM48,000, with unpaid taxes valued at RM78,191.
According to him, liquor is an import prohibited item that required an import licence.
He said in 2011, Johor Customs foiled 687 cases of smuggling involving RM39.02 million worth of goods and unpaid taxes worth RM139.4 million.
Fifty-eight of the cases took place at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar involving goods worth RM6.9 million and unpaid taxes amounting RM17.65 million, he said. -- BERNAMA