Combined Ops

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Smuggling in the Strait of Malacca? I'm shocked...

Cops make a big smuggling bust in the Strait of Malacca as reported here:
Marine police seized RM400,000 worth of contraband liquor and cigarettes and arrested seven Indonesians in its biggest haul this year at Tanjung Piai last night.
The operation, dubbed "Ops Baracuda", was carried out by an elite team using speedboats after two weeks of surveillance in the Straits of Malacca, off Kukup and Tanjung Piai.

Southern Region Marine Police deputy chief Omar Dawam said the stakeout paid off when they managed to seize the Indonesian registered vessel Diana Maju III about 1.7 nautical miles off Tanjung Piai about 11pm.

"The vessel was carrying 598 bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky, 6,647 cartons of Dunhill cigarettes, 2,950 cartons of Marlboro cigarettes, 1,240 cartons of Dji Sam Soe and 320 cartons of Gudang Garam Surya kretek," he said. (NB: the last two seem to be clove cigarettes of some sort)
Pirates, smugglers - ain't waterways fun?

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