SIBU (April 16): The Customs Department has detained a man in his 50s following seizure of 9,345.60 litres of beer and a lorry during an operation at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman here on April 9.
Its state director Herman Shah Abdullah said their enforcement team intercepted a lorry laden with beer about 1.30pm, which was heading in the direction of Kuching.
He said the beer was greatly in demand in Kuching due to limited supply following ongoing operations by enforcement agencies.
“Demand is especially high due to the upcoming Gawai festival,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Herman said the suspect was being detained to assist in the investigation.
The items seized was worth RM136,073.60 and Customs duty of RM139,763.45.
The case is being investigated under Section 135(1)(e) of the Customs Act 1967.
Members of the public are urged to channel information on smuggling activities by contacting Customs toll free line at 1-80088-8855 or any nearest Customs office.
The department assured the identity of whistleblowers will be kept confidential.