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New Tactic In Drug Smuggling Via Parcel

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SEPANG – The Royal Customs Department has uncovered a new tactic possibly used by traffickers to smuggle drugs using parcels, which is by using the services of an ‘inside man’.

This was detected following the arrival of a parcel from Lagos, Nigeria, which contained 1.026kg of methamphetamine at the KLIA post godown last Tuesday.

KL International Airport Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim said checks on the parcel found the drug, worth RM194,940, in three food cans.

The address the parcel was to be sent to and the telephone number of the recipient were found to not exist, he told a media conference here today.

In previous cases, he said, the telephone number of the recipient could be contacted, but the individual concerned denied knowledge of the parcel.

“In this latest case, the telephone number is not available. We fear there is an inside man who will take the parcel,” he added.

In another case, Chik Omar said a Chinese national, aged 31, was arrested at klia2 following the discovery of 2.68kg of methampetamine, worth RM509,200, in his baggage last Wednesday.

“The drunk was found hidden in a special compartment in the bag,” he added.

Based on statistics by the KLIA Customs on drug seizure made between January and October this year, the highest seizure was made at the KLIA Kargo, involving 194.5kg, worth RM36.9 million, followed by KLIA (93.4kg, worth RM13.8 million), klia2 (47.9kg, worth RM2.9 million), the Mail and Courier Centre (2.8kg, worth RM533,900) and outside the KLIA area (1.6kg, worth RM343,400). – BERNAMA

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