KOTA BHARU, 1 Mei — A total of 3,932 units of RELX brand vaping devices, worth RM117,960, were seized by the 7th Battalion of the General Operations Force (PGA7) team in a raid at the illegal base Paksu Rani, Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas, early this morning.

It is understood that, before the raid, several men were seen unloading boxes in a suspicious manner along the banks of Sungai Golok, at about 2 am.

PGA7 commanding officer, Supt Azhari Nusi said that as soon as his members approached the illegal base, all the men involved fled the scene by boat to a neighbouring country.

He said that the inspection carried out found that the boxes contained 3,932 units of vaping devices estimated to be worth RM117,960.

“All the vaping devices were suspected to be smuggled into Thailand as there is high demand in that country.

“All seized items were brought to Rantau Panjang Tactical Company (Komtak) for investigation under Section 13 (a) of the Poisons Act 1952,” he said in a statement, today.

Meanwhile, in another development, Azhari said that PGA7 also seized a total of 7,705 boxes of firecrackers worth RM60,100 in Kampung Lanchang, at 3.30 this morning.

He said that all the firecrackers were found hidden in an unlocked, parked Mitsubishi Pajero.

“All items seized, including the vehicle (RM20,000) are worth RM80,100 and were taken to Taman Bakti Komtak, Rantau Panjang, for further action in accordance with Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957,” he said.

Azhari said that the team detected a group of smugglers now taking advantage of the sahur (pre-dawn meal) time to bring in goods, without realising that the tactic was already expected by security forces’ members who conducted the ‘Op Benteng’.


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