SEPANG – Customs foiled an attempt to smuggle in 17.8kg of drugs worth RM3 million at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in two separate incidents on Aug 3 and 8.
KLIA Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim said in the first case, a woman and a husband and wife couple, all Indian nationals, were arrested upon arrival at the KLIA from Chennai, India at 7.40am on Saturday after suspicious scanned images were detected in their luggage.
“Further checks into their luggage uncovered methamphetamine weighing 5.11kg and 10.17kg worth RM2.90 million hidden in special compartments and covered with cloth,” he told a press conference here today.
Chik Omar said the suspects who claimed to be in the textile business did not know each other and based on their modus operandi, are believed to be involved in a drug trafficking syndicate.
The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
He said investigations revealed that the couple, aged 42 and 32, had entered the country about 20 while the 56-year-old woman had been here four times before, purportedly for business purposes.
In the second case on Aug 3, the department seized an unclaimed parcel couriered from Lagos, Nigeria when it was found to contain ketamine weighing 2.54kg worth RM95,850.
Chik Omar said a thorough inspection on the parcel found nine packets of macaroni, one packet of salted fish and 37 packets of instant noodles.
He said the drugs (ketamine) was hidden inside the macaroni packets. – BERNAMA