26 August 2021
Customs have foiled an attempt to smuggle 184kg of methamphetamine worth some RM6.6mil out of the country through the KL International Airport (KLIA).
Customs director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Latif Abdul Kadir said four suspects were also detained to assist in its probe.
He said Customs found the drugs stashed inside equipment declared as “electric contact grill” during an inspection at around 5.40pm on Aug 16.
“The drugs were hidden inside 10 of 14 boxes declared as electrical equipment.
“It was an attempt to smuggle out the drugs to a country in the Asia-Pacific through the cargo section,” he told reporters at the Customs (Narcotics) headquarters at Kg Jijan near here Thursday (Aug 26).
Abdul Latif said based on preliminary probes, this was the eleventh time the members of the syndicate had sent such cargo through KLIA.
He said two suspects, aged 35 and 43 years old, respectively, were detained with the drugs at KLIA.
Two more, aged 42 and 45 years old, were detained in follow-up raids in Nilai.
The syndicate, Abdul Latif said, tried to hoodwink Customs officers by declaring the goods as electrical equipment which came under the general cargo category.
The drugs were sealed inside “refined tea” packages weighing 1kg each.
Customs have also obtained an order to remand the suspects for 14 days.
“We are looking for more suspects to assist in our probe,” he said.
Asked where the methamphetamine originated from, Abdul Latif said it was probably produced locally.
The case is being investigated under Section 39B(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
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