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Byline: Ben Tan
JOHOR BARU: For almost a decade, a syndicate smuggling cigarettes and other contraband had been using a double-storey house in Taman Sutera, near Taman Perling here, as a warehouse.
With sheets of zinc covering the front gates and fence, the syndicate was able to operate without raising the neighbours' suspicion.
That, however, came to an end yesterday in a joint operation by the Region Two marine police operations force and Taman Perling police, who raided the house at 2.30am.
The team confiscated 78 boxes of cigarettes of various brands worth over RM2 million in unpaid taxes, two crates of liquor and a van believed to be used for …