POLICE arrested 13 men suspected of smuggling diesel and seized 138,000 liters of fuel during a raid on premises in Sungai Bauk, Tanjung Belungkor, Kota Tinggi on Friday.
Johor Police Chief Kamarul Zaman Mamat said all the suspects, including four local men and nine foreigners between the ages of 18 and 62, were arrested at 11 p.m. in Op Bersepadu Kontraban.
He said the gang buys diesel across the state before selling it in local and international markets, including foreign merchant ships, at a price of around RM3.50 a litre.
“They operated every three days selling diesel on the black market at a higher price.
“The gang was detected a month ago and the premises (raided) were a transit point for subsidized diesel contraband,” he told a news conference after the raid yesterday.
Kamarul said police also seized a foreign oil tanker, four cargo tanks, four fuel suction pumps, two generators, a Toyota Vios car and diesel worth RM386,400, all estimated at 14, RM4 million.
One of the suspects has already been convicted under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and the case is being investigated under Section 21 of the Drug Control Act 1961 supply, he added. – Bernama, July 3, 2022.