Rare birds, cigarettes and fireworks worth RM2.9m seized in raids

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police arrested four local men and seized goods worth around RM9.2million in several raids from Wednesday to yesterday to crack down on smuggling, fireworks and wildlife in the capital and Perak.

Director of the Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department (KDNKA), Datuk Seri Hazani Ghazali, said in his statement that the raids carried out by the Intelligence and Investigations Special Branch (CPSK) helped to solve four cases.

He said in the first raid via Op Bersepadu Khazanah (Integrated Op) at a residence in Setapak here on Wednesday April 20, they arrested two local men and seized two Murai Batu (white rumped shama) birds valued at RM160 , 000.

“During the operation, the raid team also discovered a store containing 186 boxes of fireworks worth RM650,000. The matter is being investigated in accordance with the Section 60 of the Wildlife Conservation Act and Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957,” he said.

Hazani said on Thursday and yesterday through Op Kontraband that CPSK raided the premises of Teluk Intan and Tambun in Perak, both cases being investigated under Article 135 (1) (d) of the Customs Act 1967.

“During a raid on an industrial site in Teluk Intan, the raiding party arrested two local men and seized 13,133 cartons of white cigarettes and 3,300 cartons of kretek cigarettes believed to have been smuggled for a value of 6,764 RM417, cash amounting to RM103,000 and three vehicles. The total seizure is estimated at RM6,976,130.

“During the raid in Tambun, the police managed to dismantle a cigarette smuggling and distribution syndicate and seized 3,349 cartons of white cigarettes and 253 cartons of kretek cigarettes of various brands with an estimated value of 1.4 million from RM,” he said.

He added that from January to yesterday, the CPSK and the General Operations Force had carried out 42 raids, involving seizures amounting to RM50,345,509.66 and the detention of a total of 60 people.-Bernama

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