Friday, 4 October 2013

Modified lorries caught for diesel smuggling

An attempt to smuggle subsidised diesel was thwarted by the authorities during a raid in Mentakab near here recently.

Enforcement officers from the Temerloh Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consume-rism office seized 1,350 litres of diesel worth RM47,000.

District enforcement chief Mohd Yusoff Othman said two men were detained in an operation after receiving a public tip-off.

Mohd Yusoff said checks showed the two men filling up diesel into their lorries which had been modified with bigger storage tanks.

“We caught them on the spot and detained them for further questioning. Both vehicles were also seized as evidence,” he said.

Mohd Yusoff said operations had been conducted regularly since the increase in prices of diesel and petrol earlier this month.

He said another five lorry drivers had been held for questioning near several petrol stations around Karak after they were found to have receipts for payment of 275 litres of diesel.

“Normally, the maximum capacity of five-tonne lorries is around 200 litres,” he said.

Mohd Yusoff said offenders would be investigated under Section 20 (1) Control of Supplies Act 1961.


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