Drugs hidden in cereal boxes seized

Illegal substance: Abdul Latif showing a bag of ketamine packed in one of the seized cereal boxes. — Bernama

SEPANG: The Customs Department has foiled a ketamine smuggling attempt with the arrest of two foreigners and the seizure of over RM1.7mil worth of drugs.

Customs director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Latif Abdul Kadir said a team comprising personnel from the KLIA Customs Enforcement Unit and the Customs Narcotic Division raided a shoplot in Ampang at around 2.05pm on Oct 8.

“We arrested two men, aged 37 and 45, outside the shoplot unit.

“When we checked the unit, we found 35 cereal boxes containing 30.68kg of ketamine,” he told reporters at the KLIA Customs Cargo Complex here yesterday.

Investigations revealed that the drugs had been smuggled in together with food items from a South Asian country, said Abdul Latif.

“A consignment of 53 boxes declared as food items were imported but only 18 contained cereal.

“The remaining boxes contained about 700g of drugs each,” he said, adding that the department believed that the drugs were meant for the local market.

Abdul Latif said both men were placed under remand for seven days.

“We believe that the two suspects were working with a local syndicate to market their product,” he said.

He said between January and Oct 14, his department detected 150 drug smuggling cases across the nation.

“We managed to arrest three suspects so far and seized over RM5.06mil worth of drugs,” Abdul Latif said.

Those with information can contact the department at its toll-free hotline at 1 800 88 8855 or go to the nearest Customs Department Office.

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