The Jakarta Post
The Jambi Police have secured a truck carrying thousands of illegal cigarettes hidden inside furniture from Jepara, Central Java.
The smuggling attempt was discovered on Tuesday when the Jambi Traffic Police stopped a truck for being overloaded during an operation at the 35-kilometer point of the Eastern Trans-Jambi Highway in Muaro Jambi regency.
Officers discovered thousands of packs of cigarettes without tax ribbons when they searched the truck.
“[The perpetrators] had smuggled illegal cigarettes twice [before],” head of the Jambi Police’s special crime detectives unit Adj. Sr. Comr. Guntur Saputro said on Wednesday.
Police arrested the driver and his assistant, identified as Iwan Fitrianto and Alam, respectively, and named them suspects. Iwan and Alam told police they had planned to send the cigarettes to Pekanbaru, Riau.
Both suspects were charged with violating the 2007 Tax Law, which carries a maximum punishment of eight years in prison. (kuk/ebf)