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December 08, 2017 00:29 AM

MMEA Foils Indonesian Skipper's Bid To Smuggle Illegal Medicinal Products To Tawau

TAWAU, Dec 7 (Bernama) --The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency's (MMEA)Maritime District 18(DM18), arrested an Indonesianskipperin the waters of Tawau Port after he attemptedto smuggle various illegal medicinal products to Tawau last night.

Commanding officer of Balung Maritime ship, Lieutenant Commander Maritime Nik Mohd Izwan Farid Md Daudsaid the MMEA patrol boat carrying out patrols in the vicinity detained the fibre boatand arrested the 30-year-old skipper about 11.30pm after receiving intelligence information.

"Further examination ofthe boat found seven packagesof medicines with no approval documents by theMinistry of Health Malaysia, which arebelieved to have been smuggled from Sungai Haji Kuning, Pulau Sebatik for the local market,"he said in a statement here today.

In the meantime, a28-year-old skipper of a boat failed in his bid to smuggle out controlleditems worth RM13,110 after being detained by the Tawau Marine PoliceForce (PPM) in the waters of Sungai Tongkangyesterday.

RegionFour PPMcommander, Assistant Commissioner Mohd Yazib Abd Azizsaid a team of PPM personnelwho conducted daily patrols in the area came across a suspicious looking boat from Sungai Tongkangheading to SungaiHaji Kuning, about 6.30pm.

"The PPM teamheaded by Norazmi Mansorwho detainedand inspected the boat,found 38 barrels of liquefied petroleum gasworthRM7,600, 950 kilogramme of cooking oil (RM2,850) and 950 kg of Praisugar (RM2,660) in the boat," he said in a statement here today.



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