Kitchen confidential: Customs seizes drugs hidden in appliances

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  • Friday, 30 Aug 2019

SEPANG (Bernama): The Royal Malaysian Customs Department foiled two attempts to smuggle in drugs valued at almost RM1mil involving two foreigners at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) this month.

Central Zone Customs assistant director-general Datuk Zulkurnain Mohamed Yusuf, at a press conference here Friday (Aug 30), said the inspection conducted on two boxes carried by an Indian man arriving at KLIA2 from Bengaluru, India, found white powder suspected to be methamphetamine.

The drugs were hidden inside the two boxes containing 47 units of rolling board sets and a roti canai dough mixer respectively. The seized methamphetamine weighing about 12.37kg was worth RM618,500, he said.

Zulkurnain said the investigation found that the seized methamphetamine was meant for the Malaysian market.

He said the suspect had entered Malaysia 12 times, adding that this was the first time drugs were found hidden in kitchen appliances.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, on Aug 23, an inspection on the luggage belonging to a 28-year-old Brazilian man who arrived at the KLIA after transit in Dubai, unveiled 99 small black lumps or rocks suspected to be cocaine weighing 1.28kg and worth RM257,400.

He said the cocaine seized was from Brazil.

The two foreigners have been remanded for seven days each at the Sepang Magistrate’s Court and would be charged soon, he said.

Zulkurnain said 38 cases had been recorded thus far in KLIA this year, with the total drug seizure worth RM4.6mil involving nine suspects. – Bernama

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