New drug-sniffing dogs help in RM60mil bust


NILAI: The Customs’ recently- acquired 16 Labradors from Holland scored their first major success when they sniffed out three million Erimin 5 pills stuffed in imported motorcycle exhaust pipes in Port Klang.

The drugs, weighing a total of 480kg, have a market value of RM60mil and enough for the consumption of 300,000 people.

The contraband was found in one of two 6m containers from Taiwan which arrived at the North Port in December.

Customs director-general Datuk Seri T. Subromaniam said the documents on the containers stated that it contained auto-parts.

“We became suspicious when until Jan 1, no one turned up to claim the containers.

“We decided to bring in the dogs and when they sniffed something in the exhaust pipes, we cut them open and found the pills,” he told reporters at the Customs (Narcotics) headquarters in Kg Jijan.

Subromaniam said a 26-year-old company director has been detained to assist in the investigation.

“The shipping and forwarding agents will also be questioned.

“We believe there are more people involved in this,” he said, adding that it was normal for auto-parts to be imported from countries such as Taiwan, Japan and Korea but could not confirm whether it was the first time such tactic was used.

Subromaniam said the case was also the first success for the Customs and Police narcotics branch joint committee which was set up three weeks ago to check drug smuggling.