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    5 Bangladeshis among 8 held in Malaysia beer bust

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    The arrestees have been remanded for 14 days

    The Malaysian police have crippled a contraband beer distribution ring with the arrest of eight people, including five Bangladeshis, and the seizure of illicit beverage and other items worth over RM1 million (Malaysian Ringgit).

    Central Brigade General Operations Force (GOF) Senior Assistant Commander (SAC) Muhammad Abdul Halim said, the syndicate’s activities were detected when they raided a warehouse at Jalan Sellathevan in Klang, on Wednesday, reports The Star.

    A team from the GOF intelligence division raided the premises and arrested 3 local men and 5 Bangladeshi men aged between 25 and 57.

    “When we raided the warehouse, the men were in the midst of loading beer onto lorries,” Halim said.

    “We found 40,320 cans and 5,400 bottles of suspected contraband beer equivalent to 19,809 litres of the beverage,” he added.

    They also seized three lorries, a van and a car in the raid, with the total seizure estimated at RM1.65 million.

    Investigations revealed that the syndicate had been active for a while and distributed beer within the Klang Valley.

    “They used the warehouse to store the beer before distributing it to buyers,” Halim said.

    Halim also said the arrestees have been remanded for 14 days. The case is being investigated under the Customs Act.

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