FOUR Malaysians were detained by the Reserve Unit ‘C’ Company under the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) on Friday morning for allegedly stealing agarwood (gaharu) from the forest of Sungai Akar. This is the first case involving agarwood theft this year.
Details of the case were revealed by Superintendent of Police Haji Mohammad Khairul Amilan bin Haji Idris, Acting Commanding Officer of the Police Reserve Unit of Police and Assistant Superintendent of Police Azhan bin Annuar, Assistant Commanding Officer of the Police Reserve Unit ‘C’ during a press conference held at Berakas Police Station on Friday.
The four suspects, all hailing from Malaysia, are Gesmi bin Sahat, 51, Samuel bin Ukong, 37, Maling @ Martin bin Ukul, 56, and Jerry Tadam, 41.
Items believed to be used to extract agarwood were also on display during the press conference.
Police personnel apprehended the suspects in a surprise raid, following a tip off from the public. The suspects were brought to the Berakas Police Station for further investigation under the Forest Act, Chapter 46.
The recovered agarwood will be examined by a forestry officer to estimate its value.
The RBPF conveyed its gratitude to the public for the information provided and urged them not to be involved in any illegal activities.
To inform the police about any criminal or suspicious activities, the public can contact the hotline 993, or the nearest police station.