Chickens are in high demand and it appears that some were taking the risks to smuggle chickens across the borders.
On Friday (3 June), an unemployed 32-year-old man was caught attempting to smuggle chicken wings into Brunei, but it did not go well and the vehicle used to ferry the contraband went up in smoke along the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SHOAS) Bridge.
According to the Borneo bulletin, the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) foiled the attempt and apprehended the driver through its continuous surveillance and crime prevention strategies.
Detectives and Bangar Police Station personnel who were surveilling Bangar noticed a suspicious vehicle heading towards Labu and they swiftly blocked the road near the Brunei Bridge Authority (BBA).
Despite approaching the roadblock, the driver did not slow down but he abruptly speed off via the SHOAS Bridge. The chase started and the police managed to stop the driver at the 19km-mark of the bridge.
When inspecting the suspect’s vehicle, the police found small pockets of fire accompanied by thick smoke from the engine area became apparent, eventually becoming a full-fledged vehicle fire.
The Fire and Rescue Department was contacted immediately to assist the situation.
The police then discovered that raw chicken wings were stored in the back seat and bonnet. However, the actual volume was unable to be determined due to the damage from the fire.
Meanwhile, the suspect will be charged with two counts of attempting to flee and failing to stop when instructed by police.
It was reported that the case has been handed over to the Royal Customs and Excise Department.
The RBPF will also continue to patrol areas, particularly potential mouse-trail routes, to ensure smuggling attempts remain unsuccessful.
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