Korean man fined $1,800 for untaxed cigarettes

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A KOREAN man was imposed a $1,800 fine yesterday after he admitted to possessing untaxed cigarettes.

Juyeong Cheon, 32, was brought in for questioning on September 25, when customs officers at the Kuala Lurah Control post conducted a routine inspection and found four cartons and four packets of cigarettes inside the defendant’s car.

During the investigation, Juyeong admitted that the cigarettes belonged to him as he had bought it from a shop in Limbang for $45.

He further stated that these cigarettes were only for his personal consumption.

Following the proceedings yesterday, Juyeong paid the fines immediately.

In another customs case heard at the Magistrates’ Court, a 47-year-old local man was ordered to serve 641 days in prison for unpaid fines.

On December 13, 2015, Sungai Liang police officers found 48 cans of beer inside a car driven by the defendant, Mohammad Jaafar Hj Basrih. During the investigation, Mohammad Jaafar admitted that he had bought the contraband from a Chinese man. He further stated that these drinks were meant for his personal consumption.

After pleading guilty to the charge, the court imposed a $600 fine or serve one month in jail.

Mohammad Jaafar was also involved in another customs case in 2014. He was imposed a $24,000 fine after he pleaded guilty to possession of untaxed cigarettes.

At the proceeding yesterday, as Mohammad Jaafar indicated that he was unable to settle the fines, the court ordered the defendant to serve the sentence with immediate effect.

The Brunei Times