$190,000 fine for smuggling 393 cartons of cigarettes

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BELAIT

A LOCAL was fined $190,000 for attempting to smuggle 393 cartons of cigarettes across the Sg Tujoh Control Post last week.

Mohd Kefli Hj Mohd, who was issued the fine yesterday by the Kuala Belait Magistrate’s Court after pleading guilty to the offence, will be given six months to settle the fine or face 12 months imprisonment.

According to court documents, the 39-year-old, who is unemployed, was driving a Toyota Innova on August 11 from Miri into Brunei when he was stopped by customs officers on duty.

After claiming he had nothing to declare, customs officers conducted a thorough search of the vehicle, finding almost 4,000 packets of cigarettes in the boot of the car and underneath the floor mat of a passenger seat.

When brought before the court yesterday, Mohd Kefli said the cigarettes were intended to be sold for profit.

Under section 146(1)(i) of the Excise Order 2006, offenders who fail to declare and pay excise duty on unexcisable goods will be subject to a fine between 6 and 20 times the dutiable amount.

The fine imposed yesterday is approximately 10 times the excise duty for 393 cartons of Era, LA Menthol, Marlboro, Memory Methol and D-GI cigarettes.

The Kuala Belait Magistrate also ordered the cigarettes to be destroyed and the car used for smuggling to be returned to the defendant’s parents.

The Brunei Times