JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) foiled a drugs smuggling operation and seized drugs worth RM2.67mil to a neighbouring country in the waters off Parit Samsu, Muar, on Monday (June 1).
Johor MMEA maritime operations deputy director Capt Sanifah Yusof said that the incident occurred around 2.10am when an MMEA boat was conducting a patrol as part of "Op Benteng" in the area.
"Our team noticed a suspicious boat manned by two men moving along the Parit Samsu coastline, 1.5 nautical miles south-west of Parit Jawa.
“Upon noticing the authorities, the boat driver sped away towards a mangrove area and threw overboard two huge sacks,” he said when met by reporters at the Johor MMEA office at Menara Tabung Haji here.
He added that the MMEA boat was unable to run after the suspects as it was hard for the enforcement boat to navigate through the shallows.
Inspections on the abandoned sacks found multiple packages believed to be drugs.
“In the first sack, we found 24 black packages containing a white powder believed to be syabu weighing 24kg and worth RM1.2mil. In the second sack, we found another eight black packages containing pills believed to be ecstasy, weighing 14.7kg and valued at RM1.47mil.
“All of the seized drugs were then brought to the MMEA Batu Pahat office and the case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act (ADB) 1952 for drug trafficking.
Sanifah added that to date, this is the agency's largest drug bust.
He also said that under "Op Benteng", MMEA with help from the Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) and the marine police will be enhancing patrols in south-west Johor waters, covering three districts - Pontian, Batu Pahat and Muar.
“This joint operation began on May 15 so that we could stop any attempts at human trafficking or any illegal activities at sea,” he added.
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