KUALA LUMPUR: The federal police have confirmed that six Malaysians were arrested in Indonesia for allegedly smuggling 37kg of syabu.
Federal deputy Narcotic Crime Investigation Department director Deputy Comm Zulkifli Ali said they were alerted to the arrests only after Indonesian police detained the suspects.
"This was not a joint operation which is why we were only informed after the arrests were made.
"We are now making arrangements to send a team of police investigators there to question the suspects," he told reporters at the Cheras police headquarters Wednesday (June 12).
Bernama reported the six were detained on suspicion of smuggling crystal methamphetamine, better known as syabu in this part of the world, aboard a luxury yacht.
Indonesian police found 37kg of the drug in the yacht, which docked at Batavia Sunda Kelapa Pier, North Jakarta, at 9.30pm on June 4.
According to Indonesian National Police Criminal Investigation Department director Krisno Siregar, the yacht was believed to have sailed from Johor to Jakarta on the same day.
Five of the Malaysian suspects detained were from Johor, while the sixth was from Perak, he said in a media statement today.
He added that the drugs are believed to have come from Myanmar.