ESSCOM seize RM285,120 worth of cosmetics in Tawau

 

By MARLINA MACPEE

LAHAD DATU: An enforcement team led by Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) managed to seize cosmetics worth over RM285,120 being smuggled to Indonesia off Kuala Sungai Kinabutan in Tawau, on Friday.

ESSCOM Commander DCP Dato’ Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid said the 95,040 boxes of BL Cream cosmetics were confiscated by Tawau Marine Police during the Ops Tango Khas.

In conducting the operation, marine police had encountered a suspicious looking lorry and found the boxes in white sacks.

“The cosmetics did not have permit or certification from the Customs Department, and was suspected to be smuggled to Indonesia”, he said.

“All seized items were sent to Tawau Marine Police base for further investigations under the Customs Act 1967,” he said in a statement here, yesterday.

He added the lorry type Hino Toyoace worth over RM40,000 was also confiscated.

Meanwhile, in another operation in Semporna, three illegals including a woman were detained by marine police here in an attempt to enter Sabah.

Wan Abdul Bari said all illegals age between 34 to 55 years were detained during a patrol by the marine police in a special ops off Pulau Kulapuan, Semporna.

He said a team of marine police were conducting their patrol when they bumped into a suspicious white boat. “During inspection, marine police found three individuals, including a skipper, with no valid documentations, and another passenger without an IMM.13 card.”

“All suspects had just arrived from Sitangkai, Philippines,” he said.

Wan Abdul Bari later added that all detainees were sent to Semporna Marine Police base and the case will be investigated under Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

“Among the confiscated items including the boat were a 15hp outboard engine and some pesos worth RM8,550,” he said while complimenting the Tawau and Semporna Marine Police for their outstanding job in curbing the human trafficking and smuggling which could have cost the government thousands of ringgit.

He later urged the public to report immediately any suspicious activities, including smuggling and human trafficking, to ESSCOM operation centre at 089-863181.

 
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