Drug bust #1

Malaysia Customs seize $6.1m worth of drugs

Malaysia's director-general of Customs Subromaniam Tholasy (front) said the sacks of drugs came from Karachi, Pakistan. The 37 sacks were among 1,885 sacks of salt that 18 foreigners were found unloading when the makeshift store in Selangor was raide
Malaysia's director-general of Customs Subromaniam Tholasy (front) said the sacks of drugs came from Karachi, Pakistan. The 37 sacks were among 1,885 sacks of salt that 18 foreigners were found unloading when the makeshift store in Selangor was raided last Friday night. PHOTO: BERNAMA

NILAI (Negeri Sembilan) • Malaysia's Customs department has arrested 18 foreigners and seized a massive haul of drugs valued at RM18 million (S$6 million) in a raid on a makeshift store in Selangor.

The drugs - heroin and ketamine - were found in 37 sacks, with each sack weighing about 25kg, Customs director-general Subromaniam Tholasy said yesterday.

The Narcotics Branch of the Customs headquarters conducted the raid last Friday following a public tip-off, he said at a press conference.

Datuk Seri Subromaniam said the foreigners arrested were aged between 18 and 50.

Ten were Pakistani, four were from Myanmar and four from Indonesia. Only seven of them had valid travel documents. They were caught in the act of unloading 1,885 white sacks from two containers to be kept at the store, he said.

The sacks were said to contain salt, and were brought into Malaysia through Port Klang on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

When the sacks were examined, 31 of them were found to contain heroin weighing 766kg, while six other sacks contained ketamine weighing 114kg, he said.

  • 766kg

    Heroin found in 31 sacks - each sack weighing about 25kg.

    114kg

    Ketamine found in six sacks.

Mr Subromaniam said the sacks had come from Karachi, Pakistan.

He did not rule out the possibility that a foreign syndicate was involved. "However, we are investigating whether Malaysians were also involved," he said.

He also did not rule out the possibility that Malaysia was being used as a transit point by drug trafficking syndicates.

Mr Subromaniam said the suspects were being remanded for seven days from Saturday.

He said that the case was being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which provides for the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

BERNAMA

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2018, with the headline Malaysia Customs seize $6.1m worth of drugs. Subscribe