JOHOR BARU: A total of 320 smuggled cartons of cigarettes worth more than RM400,000 were seized from a lorry recently.
The seizure came after a routine inspection by police in Jalan Bakar Batu in Majidee here.
The lorry and its 36-year-old driver were earlier detained by police on June 17 at 9.15am.
It is believed that the cigarettes were brought in from a neighbouring country through a local smuggling syndicate.
The syndicate is based in Johor and believed to have a wide distribution network.
Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff said police found the contraband and proceeded to arrest the driver in connection with the case.
"Investigations are on-going to determine the extent of the operations.
"We also hope to nab other individuals involved in the smuggling," said Mokhtar.
He said initial investigations revealed that the cigarettes had just arrived in Malaysia.
"They were waiting to be distributed," he said at the Johor police contingent headquarters.
The suspect is now in police custody. Police have initiated investigations under Section 135 (1) (e) of the Customs Act 1967.