MMEA Foils Attempt To Smuggle 545 Tonnes Of Sand To Singapore

JOHOR BAHARU, May 24 (Bernama) – A tugboat laden with 545 tonnes of sand believed about to be smuggled to Singapore, was detained off Pengerang, Kota Tinggi, last night (May 23).

Tanjung Sedili Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director Capt Amran Daud said the tugboat with a crew of eight aged between 19 to 58 years, was detained 3.5 nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Setapa.

“We detected the tugboat at 9.30pm. On inspection, we found 545 tonnes of sand from Pahang believed about to be smuggled to Singapore,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

The tugboat was registered in Batam, Indonesia and all the crew members had valid identification papers.

They were taken to Tanjung Sedili MMEA office for investigation under Section 135 (1)(e)of the Customs Act 1967 for transporting prohibited goods.

It was the second case in connection with the smuggling of sand this year.