PONTIAN: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has thwarted an attempt by two men to smuggle syabu out of the country.
Johor MMEA director First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the men, aged 32 and 35, were spotted on a wooden boat about 0.5 nautical miles south of Tanjung Piai here at 8.20pm on Sunday (May 2).
Their suspicious movements prompted the MMEA patrol unit to approach for an inspection, he said.
“We found a white package stashed in the boat, containing 1kg of what we believe is syabu.
“The street value of the drugs is about RM55,000, ” he said on Monday (May 3), adding that the suspects have been remanded for seven days for investigations under Section 39(b) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
In an unrelated case, the General Operations Force (GOF) arrested a 39-year-old man and seized 665 cartons of contraband cigarettes and 1,157 boxes of fireworks at a premises in Parit Yaani, Batu Pahat.
GOF Battalion 5 commanding officer Supt Dimin Awang said the contraband goods of various brands, worth around RM135,000, were seized at around 2.30pm on Sunday.
“The suspect and seized items were handed over to the Batu Pahat police headquarters for follow-up action and investigation under Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957 (Act 207) and Section 135(1) of the Customs Act 1967, ” he said.