JOHOR BAHRU: A man with the title of Datuk was arrested on suspicion of masterminding a syndicate smuggling 95,000 liters of diesel worth RM522,500.
The 46-year-old local man was arrested following a special operation carried out by the Johor Police and Bukit Aman at a shop in the industrial area of Plentong Village, Masai, at 11 pm yesterday.
Johor Police Chief Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said 28 people were arrested in the operation, including a foreign man between the ages of 22 and 46.
“Johor police managed to arrest a diesel smuggling syndicate which is believed to be the largest so far as a result of the special raid carried out. As a result of the operation, we managed to seize 95,000 liters worth RM522,500 worth of diesel fuel, in addition to 27 trucks, as well as cash worth RM12,507 and the total value of the seizure was RM3.01 million,” he said. when gathered here today.
Kamarul Zaman said that intelligence also found that the syndicate had only been operating for the last month.
According to him, the modus operandi used by the union was to modify various types of trucks, including 10-ton sand trucks.
The union installed storage tanks covered with tarpaulins to hide the eyes of the authorities.
“These tanks modify them, install them and put them in the back of the truck. They also cleverly install a pump near the truck’s oil tank, filling its oil into a regular tank. From the tank of the truck, they installed pipes to be piped into the tank,” he said, adding that the union bought subsidized diesel at RM2.05 per liter from filling stations around Johor Bahru.
“Then they take it to a warehouse for collection before smuggling it into a neighboring country. The syndicate is suspected of using the sea route to smuggle diesel. The police think there are still remnants of independent unions, we’ll track them down. We will investigate whether the authorities are deserters in this smuggling activity,” he said.
The case is being investigated under Section 21 of the Supply Control Act 1961. – UTUSAN