Malaysian police seize drugs disguised as chocolates during raid

Malaysia's Bukit Aman Narcotics criminal investigation department director Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff holding up a bag of seized drugs disguised as chocolates. PHOTO: THE STAR

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - At one glance, they look like regular miniature candies stuffed in party-sized chocolate packs.

Upon closer inspection, they turned out to be cocaine and syabu disguised as desserts.

The discovery was made by Malaysia's Bukit Aman Narcotics criminal investigation department (CID) following a joint surveillance with the special tactical intelligence narcotic group.

On Monday, the group busted an African drug syndicate, arresting four men and seizing drugs worth RM1.8 million (S$642,940).

CID director Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said two Nigerian men, aged 31 and 37, were detained in a car along Kuala Lumpur Middle Ring Road 2 at 6.15pm.

"A check of their vehicle found 292 chunks of drugs stuffed in chocolate wrappers.

"The arrests led us to a house in Sri Damansara where another two men aged 29 - a South African and a Republic of Guinea citizen - were picked up at 9.30pm.

"A total of 1.6kg of cocaine and 800g of syabu were also seized there," he said.

Syabu is the colloquial name for the psycho-stimulant drug called amphetamine.

Datuk Mohd Mokhtar added the 8.26kg of drugs were meant for Canada and Thailand.

In a separate case, police confiscated 20 chunks of syabu worth about RM200,000 stuffed inside 20 closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV).

The drugs, weighing 1kg, were seized during a bust at a low-cost apartment in Bandar Damai, Cheras on Wednesday. A 34-year-old Ghanaian man was arrested in the 2pm bust.

"Checks by us found that the drugs were smuggled in from China via courier services. The arrest also led us to another Nigerian man, aged 31, whom we picked up at a house in Laman Rimbunan, Kepong several hours later," he said.

Comm Mohd Mokhtar said among the six arrests made, four held passports.

"We are liaising with the Immigration Department to check whether the travel documents are genuine," he said.

Police are also checking if the suspects are genuine students at private colleges in the Klang Valley.

The suspects in the first case are being remanded until June 29 while the duo in the second case will be remanded until June 30.

Meanwhile, a total of 87,274 individuals have been arrested for their alleged involvement in drug-related activities between Jan 1 and June 21 this year.

Out of the figure, a total of 9,165 were identified as pushers, 20,237 were arrested for illegal drug possessions and 57,872 were tested positive.

Comm Mohd Mokhtar also revealed that more than 602kg of drugs worth more than RM66.5 million have also been seized by the police over the span of six months.

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