Customs foils attempt to distribute banned firecrackers and fireworks

PORT KLANG, Jan 9 – Selangor Customs foiled an attempt to distribute banned firecrackers and fireworks worth RM323,941.20 including duty, in two separate raids in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

Its director, Datuk Azis Yacub told a news conference, here, today that in a joint raid with the Home Ministry, the team found 260 cartons of firecrackers and fireworks in two houses in Bandar Mahkota Cheras.

He said the team also inspected a five-tonne lorry parked in front of one of the houses and found several boxes of firecrackers and fireworks of various types.

Azis said following the raids, three men aged between 25 and 45 were detained to facilitate investigation under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967 for keeping or possessing banned goods.

If convicted, the offenders can be fined not less than 10 times and not more than 20 times the value of the goods seized or face a jail term of up to three years, or both.

Azis urged the public to report any smuggling activity or violation of the Customs Act they know about by calling the toll-free line 1-800-88-8855 or by contacting the nearest Customs office. – Bernama


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