Successful Interception of Cigarette Smuggling Operation in Indonesia
According to a report by Kupang Media recently, the Indonesian military successfully intercepted a smuggling operation involving 50 bags of cigarettes, suspected to be intended for import into East Timor. This smuggling activity appears to have taken place multiple times before, with previous attempts managing to evade security surveillance.
Evidence indicates that these smuggled cigarettes were transported from the Alore region by motorboats and traded with recipients from East Timor in the sea. The location of this transaction is in the waters off the eastern part of Alore or within the maritime boundaries of the country. Upon receiving information, the Alore county military conducted arrests.
Shortly after the arrest operation, the military promptly sealed off all evidence, including those still on the beach and the portion of cigarettes that had already been brought aboard the ship.
Shortly after the operation, Colonel Amir of the Alor County military stated that the purpose of the operation was to safeguard the evidence and hand it over to customs for further handling. Colonel Amir emphasized, "This is a matter of national sovereignty. Such transactions clearly undermine the nation, as they are illegal and evade taxes."
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