LANGKAWI: The Kedah and Perlis Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has thwarted an attempt to smuggle 56.5kg of syabu worth RM11.3mil after intercepting a foreign fishing boat 2.3 nautical miles north east of Tanjung Kemarong.
Its commander First Maritime Admiral Mohd Zawawi Abdullah said the seizure, which was the biggest this year, was conducted during Ops Eagle Eye based on intelligence and monitoring by the Langkawi Malaysian Maritime SEA Monitoring System at 1am on Friday.
“Based on the information, an MMEA lightning boat detected a Thai fishing boat with two suspects on board leaving the territorial waters of a neighbouring country near Tanjung Kemarong.
“The boat tried to ram the lightning boat, which had been chasing it for 40 minutes, several times, before the two suspects jumped overboard.
“The personnel who boarded the boat found two black bags hidden under nets containing 51 Chinese tea packages wrapped in transparent plastic containing white crystals suspected to be syabu, ’’ he said at a media conference in Bukit Malut here yesterday.
The drugs are believed not destined for Malaysia.
He said the syabu and the wooden fishing boat were taken to the Kedah and Penang MMEA headquarters in Bukit Malut for investigation under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act and Sections 307 and 186 of the Penal Code.
‘’MMEA mobilised a search and rescue operation for the two suspects. They have yet to be found due to rough seas, ’’ he said.
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