Crackdown on illegal trade leads to arrests, seizures based on informant tips

This photo shows the seizure of illegal goods in June 2024.

Supervised by the Illegal Trade Eradication Steering Committee, inspection teams under the state and regional illegal trade eradication special task forces, along with One-Stop Services led by the Customs Department, are consistently and effectively cracking down on illegal trade. These efforts take place at border trade offices and stations, permanent checkpoints along land and sea trade routes, and at ports and airports. For this, information is crucial.
In June 2024, responsible citizens submitted 43 reports, of which eight were inaccurate and two were late, leading to 33 arrests. There were 61 cases of seized illegal goods, including timber, industrial products, consumer goods, and foodstuffs, with an estimated value of K1,095.50 million.
The vehicles transporting these illegal items were also confiscated. Whistleblowers will be awarded twenty per cent of the estimated value of the seized items. Therefore, departmental officials are arranging to distribute K188.164 million in informing rewards in June during the 2024-2025 financial year. Additionally, information-driven arrests are detailed in monthly reports.
Responsible citizens can report illegal trade by contacting the following phone numbers: 09-404-339-969, 067-409-883, and emailing [email protected]. — MNA/TRKM

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