11 men arrested for illegal sale of marine gas oil worth $97,000

SINGAPORE - Eleven men have been arrested for their suspected involvement in an illegal transaction of marine gas oil, the police said in a statement on Monday (Feb 5).

The Straits Times understands that all 11 men are Indonesian.

The Police Coast Guard received information on Jan 19 this year that an unknown foreign-registered vessel was purportedly involved in the illegal sale of 200 metric tons of marine gas oil, with an estimated market value of $97,000.

Police Coast Guard officers traced the foreign-registered vessel and found it at the sea off Bedok Jetty on Monday.

Nine crew members on that vessel were arrested for purchasing the stolen oil.

Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of another two members of a Singapore-registered tanker for misappropriating the oil on board without their company's knowledge and selling it to the crew of the foreign-registered tugboat.

The tugboat was seized for investigations.

The 11 men will be charged in court with the offence of criminal breach of trust as a servant.

If found guilty, they can be jailed for up to 15 years and fined.

The incident is not linked to the multi-million dollar fuel theft from Shell Pulau Bukom.

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