Booze bust in Brunei nets 1,382 beer cans on boat

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) - It was a beer run on the high
seas.
Brunei's customs officers arrested two men who tried to smuggle
1,382 cans of contraband beer by boat into the Muslim-majority
country, a news report said Wednesday.
The men entered Brunei's waters from a neighboring nation
Tuesday but tried to flee when they realized they had been spotted,
the Borneo Bulletin newspaper reported. It did not identify the
neighboring country, but Brunei shares borders with two Malaysian
states on Borneo island.
Customs authorities foiled the escape after a high-speed chase,
making their biggest seizure of alcohol this year, the report
added.
Brunei's laws ban the public sale and consumption of alcohol,
though non-Muslim visitors are allowed to bring in limited amounts
for private consumption.
Representatives of Brunei's Royal Customs Department could not
immediately be reached. The men are expected to be charged with
alcohol smuggling, which is typically punished by a fine.


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