The Royal Customs and Excise Department (RCED), through its Enforcement Division, raided houses in Jalan Beribi and Jalan Jaya Negara in Belait district as well as on stalls at Kampong Mata-Mata in Gadong, where they discovered a massive volume of cigarettes that were allegedly smuggled into the Sultanate.
During the first operation, on June 14, security forces targeted two houses in Jalan Beribi. Four foreign men between the ages of 22 and 54 were arrested for alleged possession of contraband comprising two cartons, 19 packets and 19 sticks of cigarettes.
The team raided a house in Jalan Jaya Negara the following day. Customs personnel arrested a 43-year-old man for alleged possession of 128 cartons, 19 packets and 12 sticks of cigarettes, as well as three boxes of firecrackers and fireworks. All items were confiscated.
On June 16, two houses and two stalls near Kampong Mata-Mata were targeted, leading to the arrest of two local men and a woman, aged 26 to 48, for alleged possession of 67 cartons, 40 bundles and 32 sticks. of cigarettes, as well as BND78 which would be the proceeds of the sale of contraband.
All contraband items were seized and the individuals were transported to the law enforcement office for investigation.
The RCED expressed its gratitude for the public denunciations. The public can continue to share information about smuggling activities or customs offenses by contacting 8714422 or 8721422.
The identity of the informant will remain confidential.