Drug smugglers bet on the wrong horse

Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff showing the horse statuettes being used to smuggle packets of syabu, a party drug, at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. A 28-year-old Nigerian man w
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Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff showing the horse statuettes being used to smuggle packets of syabu, a party drug, at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

A 28-year-old Nigerian man was arrested on Thursday at a Seri Kembangan apartment by narcotics and Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group officers in connection with the drug bust.

He is believed to be a member of the syndicate smuggling drugs into the country via sea cargo for local consumption and export to Western countries.

The packets of drug were cemented into the statuettes to avoid detection at immigration and security checkpoints.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 14, 2016, with the headline 'Drug smugglers bet on the wrong horse'. Print Edition | Subscribe