A total of 30 gunny sacks containing 22,800 packets of cigarettes worth RM114,000 were seized from the operation. Pix courtesy of police

BATU PAHAT: Police believe they have dealt a blow to a tobacco smuggling syndicate following the arrest of a 28-year-old man and seizure of RM114,000 worth of illicit cigarettes early today.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Abdul Wahib Musa said a team of police personnel, manning a roadblock under 'Op Bersepadu' at Jalan Kluang, found the stash of contraband cigarettes while inspecting a Naza Ria multi-purpose vehicle at 1.45am.

He said the team found a total of 30 gunny sacks containing 22,800 packets of cigarettes worth RM114,000.

"The driver was arrested, the cigarettes and vehicle seized for further investigations," he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 135(1) of the Customs Act 1967.

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