Woman fined $6,000 for smuggling contraband items
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A LOCAL woman has been fined a total of $6,000 after pleading guilty to possessing untaxed cigarettes and alcoholic drinks.
A court document stated that in the afternnon of February 22, 2014, Customs and Narcotic Control Bureau officers on duty at Kuala Lurah Control Post had stopped a car entering Brunei from Limbang, Sarawak driven by Isna Shahrina Ishak, 30, with three passengers.
The officers found three cartons of cigarettes and alcoholic drinks comprising 48 cans of beer and two bottles of whiskies.
During the inspection, they found the aforementioned goods that were not declared to the Customs at the foot rest of front passenger seat and rear passenger seat.
On another occasion, the mother of eight children, who was then accompanied by two passengers, was again stopped by the Customs officers at the Kuala Lurah Control Post on March 24, 2015 when returning from Limbang in the evening.
Upon inspecting the car, the officers found four cartons of cigarettes inside the driver’s door compartment. The items were not declared to the Customs.
Meanwhile, the court document also stated that on May 25, 2015 in the morning, the Customs officers at the Kuala Lurah Control Post had stopped a car driven by the defendant.
During the inspection, the officers found five cartons of cigarettes inside the engine compartment of the car that were not declared to the Customs.
The defendant admitted that she had purchased all the seized goods in Limbang and she further admitted she knew that bringing in cigarettes and alcoholic drinks without permit is in contravention with Customs regulation.
On record, the defendant has no previous convictions. The total excise duty to be paid for the cigarettes and alcoholic drinks is $650, the document read.
The court ordered Isna to pay $250 each month starting from end of March, after she requested for the fine to be paid in installment.
The Brunei Times