Esscom’s Quick Response Team foils bid to smuggle fuel – Nation | The Star Online
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Saturday, 27 May 2017 | MYT 7:16 PM
by ruben sario
KOTA KINABALU: Malaysian security forces have intercepted three boats and arrested ten men who were transporting 60 jerrycans of petrol to southern Philippines.
Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) chief Deputy Comm Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Wan Kadir said members of the Quick Response Team (QRT) detained the Filipino smugglers while patrolling the waters off Pulau Mataking on Friday.
He said the suspects aged between 16 and 35 did not have any identification documents or any valid permit to transport the subsidised fuel.
Wan Abdul Bari said the men and their boats were brought to Semporna and were held under the Customs and Immigrations Acts.
He said the smuggling of petrol into southern Philippines was serious as the fuel could be used by cross border criminals such as kidnap-for-ransom groups.
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