Sabah police seize smuggled frozen food worth over RM30m

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police seized frozen foods worth more than RM33.68 million from the warehouses of smuggling syndicates this month.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Idris Abdullah said Ops Contraband, which was carried out from Jan 4-16, saw state-wide raids on syndicate warehouses around Kota Kinabalu and Papar.

“The operation was carried out from intelligence gathered on the smuggling of frozen goods that evaded tax and also failed to display the halal logo,” he said when contacted today.

He said among the frozen foods confiscated included chicken, chicken parts, nuggets, sausages and fish.

Idris added that police also arrested 33 local men and one Indonesian man, aged 19 to 51, who were suspected to be involved in the distribution and sale of frozen food contraband in Sabah.

He said police also identified nine syndicates importing frozen chicken without the approval of Sabah Customs (JKDM) and which have been active for a decade.

The raids were carried out by the Wildlife Crime Bureau, Sabah General Operations Force (PGA), jointly with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Penampang and Papar District police headquarters (IPD), Sabah Customs Department and Sabah Veterinary Services Department, he said. – Bernama