MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star
SEPANG: A drug syndicate, possibly based in India, attempted to smuggle in about 25kg of methamphetamine hidden in several stainless steel water containers.
The drugs were detected on Aug 10 at around 1am by the Customs Department here following an anonymous tip-off.
Deputy Director-General (enforcement/compliance) Datuk Zulkifli Yahya said the suspicious package was intercepted at the Pos Aviation Cargo Warehouse at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) free trade zone.
"We seized five boxes which were listed as stainless steel water containers.
"We scanned the boxes and suspicious packages were detected in six of the containers.
"Further checks on the items revealed 25kg of the drugs worth RM1.7mil hidden inside," he told reporters at the KLIA Customs headquarters on Friday.
He said the shipment was brought in via a Thai Airways flight from Uttar Pradesh, India, on the same day.
"Investigations show that the recipient address listed on the packages was the Pos Aviation Cargo Warehouse.
"We tried contacting the courier company involved in sending it here, but we were not able to get any information on the recipient," he said.
When asked if there was any insider involvement, Zulkifli did not rule it out, adding an investigating is being conducted.
"If any of my officers are involved, action will be taken against them," he said.
Earlier this month it was reported that six Customs Department officers were arrested for alleged involvement in helping a secret society smuggle drugs into the country.