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Perak Customs Department director Dr Mohamad Saprin (centre) shows the money seized from the women, during a press conference at department’s headquarters in Ipoh. - NSTP/Balqis Jazimah Zahari

IPOH: The Perak Customs Department foiled an attempt by three women to smuggle cash in Baht and Ringgit denominations totalling RM500,000 into Malaysia.

State Customs director Dr Mohamad Saprin said the bust unfolded on Feb 7 when the team stopped a Honda Accord at the Bukit Berapit Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) complex, in Pengkalan Hulu.

Mohamad said that the cash was discovered inside three backpacks which were placed on the front passenger seat and in the boot of the car.

"The enforcement team ordered the three women, including two Thais, to open the bags, but they refused to do so saying that their backpacks were only filled with clothes and food.

"However, further checks by the team revealed that there was cash in the backpacks," he told reporters at the state Customs Department here, today.

Mohamad added that the three women, aged between 40 and 51, were detained and the vehicle and backpacks were confiscated.

The case is being investigated under Section 28B(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2001.

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