Foreigner nabbed and drugs worth RM5mil seized

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  • Thursday, 07 Mar 2019

Big haul: Abdul Latif (third from right) showing the seized drugs from a raid during a press conference in Kota Kinabalu. — Bernama

KOTA KINABALU: A foreigner has been arrested by Customs officers after they seized 100kg of syabu, stored in bottles labelled as protein drink powder.

Its assistant director-general (enforcement) Datuk Abdul Latif Abdul Kadir said the value of the seizure was about RM5mil.

Abdul Latif said the suspect, in his 40s, was nabbed at about 2.15pm on Feb 21 near a shop in Penampang.

“He was holding some boxes and upon checking, we found the drugs inside,” he told reporters yesterday.

In another operation, a local man, also in his 40s, was arrested at the Sandakan post office while picking up a parcel at about 4.15pm on Feb 27.

“A post office staff suspected suspicious items inside the parcel and alerted the authorities,” he said, adding that Customs officers found 4,900 Ecstasy pills, valued at RM122,500.

The latest case was on March 1 which saw the arrest of a local woman at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport arrival hall at 8.28pm.

Abdul Latif said the woman, in her 20s, had landed from Kuala Lumpur and upon inspection, found about 5kg of syabu in her possession.

“The drugs are worth about RM250,000,” he said, adding that all three suspects would be investigated under the Dangerous Drugs Act.

“We will continue to monitor and carry out raids to cripple the drugs distribution chain,” he said.

Abdul Latif urged the public to work closely with them and to contact the department at 1300 888 500, 1800 888 855, or 03-8882 2100/ 2300 or email to if they have any information on illegal activities.

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