No free pass for latest drug trafficking ruse

PASIR GUDANG: Hiding drugs in plastic “boarding pass packets” seems to be the latest tactic by traffickers to avoid detection.

A police team from the Seri Alam Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) discovered the new modus operandi after seizing 5.1kg of powdered substance – believed to be ecstasy – worth RM13,400, packed in 67 plastic packets.

The seizure was made in Jalan Harmoni 3/9, Taman Desa Harmoni, last Wednesday at about 8.50pm, after the team noticed a man behaving suspiciously while driving a Proton Waja.

Seri Alam OCPD Supt Ismail Dollah said the team found the plastic packets in the car’s bonnet.

A boarding pass design along with the emblem of a budget airline was printed on six of the plastic packets, he said.

“At first glance, it looked like a real travelling ticket packet but we found out there was no such merchandise produced by the airline,” he said at a press conference at the Seri Alam police district headquarters (IPD) here yesterday.

He added that the 30-year-old suspect tested for methamphetamine but had no criminal record.

“Investigations are still ongoing to find out if there are others involved in this case,” he said.

He added that the suspect would be on remand until tomorrow.

He said the drugs seized were enough to supply to 400 addicts.

Police believe the drugs were to be sold at entertainment centres in Johor Baru and Seri Alam.

The case falls under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

In a separate case, Supt Ismail said a man and a woman in their 30s were arrested for allegedly beating a 24-year-old Bangladeshi man and stealing his phone while posing as police officers.

He said the suspects approached the victim at about 8.30pm last Friday on the pretext of wanting to check his passport.

He added the duo were arrested in Taman Puteri Wangsa, Ulu Tiram, the next day.