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Cigarette smuggling is still rampant in the country as the lucrative returns outweighs its risk

Cigarette smuggling has been rampant in the country and among the reasons behind this is the lucrative returns.

According to Bernama, cigarette smuggling activities have, in fact, increased over the past 2 years despite the Covid-19 pandemic and regular enforcement operations mobilised by the authorities.

The 4th Battalion of the General Operations Force (GOF4) commanding officer Supt Rizal Mohamed said this department managed to seize 7,982 cartons of cigarettes of various brands worth RM1,430,251 in 2020 and 115,526 cartons of contraband cigarettes worth RM25,985,425 last year.

Source: The Sun Daily

“A total of 9,415 cartons of cigarettes worth RM1,833,133 were seized and six individuals arrested from January to March this year,” he said.

Rizal said the syndicates have been using different tactics and various modus operandi to prevent detection of their illicit activities.

“The syndicates are not scared of the authorities due to the high demand and lucrative returns,” he explained.

Rizal also shared that most cigarettes were smuggled in from Indonesia and Thailand and the syndicates managed to avoid detection as they were hiding behind the use of a legal route known as the ‘elephant trail’ in major ports.

He added that these illicit cigarettes entering Selangor through the port is quite difficult to detect as they had been falsely declared as “permitted goods”.

Thus, Rizal said security controls at all entry points such as major ports needed to be tightened with the help of relevant agencies.

He then suggested that more scanners be installed at ports to detect prohibited items in containers and increasing the number of enforcement personnel to curb the smuggling activities.

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