LANGKAWI: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) teams from Kedah and Perlis successfully foiled an attempt to smuggle five kilograms of drugs worth RM769,050 on Tuesday (July 14).
“The crew of a boat threw the drugs into the sea at about 3.1 nautical miles southwest of Pulau Singa Besar at 3.15am, ” said MMEA Kedah and Perlis operations director First Admiral Mohd Zawawi Abdullah.
He said the boat had been spotted by a MMEA patrol, adding that the boat sped up and tried to escape after realising that a patrol was making its rounds.
Mohd Zawawi added that when the boat fled, one of the suspects on the boat threw an object into the sea.
“The patrol turned back to retrieve what was thrown, and they found a brown box. The box was wrapped in a transparent plastic wrapper and upon closer inspection we found five packets of a substance believed to be syabu. Each packet weighed a kilogram, ” he said.
Mohd Zawawi said that the items were brought to the Bukit Malut Jetty in Langkawi for further investigation under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
He said the modus operandi of the syndicate was believed to be from a neighbouring country which aimed to make Langkawi a transit point for the international market.
“The operation to trace the suspects is ongoing and we hope that if the public has information on this, they can contact the maritime operations centres in their states, ” he said.
He said the MMEA is constantly hunting down syndicates and hoped that the maritime community would cooperate and share information on crimes or offences at sea with the MMEA.
Complaints or emergencies at sea can be reported through the MERS 999 or the Kedah and Perlis (Langkawi) Maritime Operations Centre at 04-9662750 or 04-966 5300.
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