SEPANG: The Customs DepartÂment scored a major success when it foiled an attempt by an Indian national to smuggle in 5.8kg of methamphetamine worth RM1.1mil at KL International Airport.
Its director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad said the 39-year-old man was nabbed at 7.40pm on Wednesday, shortly after he arrived at KLIA from Bengaluru, India with his baggage.
â€œChecks on his baggage found the methamphetamine placed in a bag containing tobacco to try and fool Customs officers,â€ he said at the â€œCustoms DG with Media 2015â€ event here yesterday.
He said the suspect had entered the country twice before this.
Khazali said the departmentâ€™s efforts at curbing smuggling saw goods worth RM286mil with unpaid duty amounting to RM415mil seized in the first 11 months of this year.
â€œBesides drugs, the most popular goods for smuggling were vehicles, cigarettes, alcoholic drinks and rice.
â€œThese contributed to 52% of the seizures valued at RM147mil involving 4,730 cases,â€ he said.
According to him, during that period, 1,813 vehicles worth RM51.38mil were seized with duty amounting to RM60.45mil, while for cigarettes, 543 million sticks valued at RM43mil and duty amounting to RM280.4mil were seized.
As for alcoholic drinks, the Âfigures were 1.6 million litres valued at RM12.9mil and unpaid duty of RM37.5mil while for rice it was 2,290 tonnes valued at RM5.23mil with tax due totalling RM1.87mil.
The department also succeeded in seizing 188kg of drugs valued at RM34.182mil during the period, he said.
Khazali said the department would be setting up special six-man teams, two for each state, to help its enforcement personnel when needed and that the name to be given for the team would be announced later. â€” Bernama