Caffeine fix: RM14mil worth of drugs found hidden among coffee beans in shipping container

JOHOR BARU: Bukit Aman seized RM14mil worth of drugs found inside a shipping container heading towards the Philippines at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP).

Federal Narcotic Crime Investigation Department (NCID) director Comm Datuk Razarudin Husain (pic) said police together with the Customs Department carried out an inspection on the container, which originated from Guatemala, at PTP on Saturday (Oct 16).

“We carried out the inspection following intelligence from the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA),” he said in a press conference held at the Johor police headquarters here on Wednesday (Oct 20).

Comm Razarudin added that checks on the container found 14 sacks containing drugs believed to be methamphetamine weighing 398kg worth RM14.3mil.

“The consignment had been declared as coffee beans where the drugs are hidden in between the items.

“We believe this syndicate was carrying out their smuggling activities through sea routes from a foreign country and making Malaysia as a transit before smuggling the illegal substance to a third country,” he added.

Comm Razarudin said the drugs that were seized would have been able to supply almost two million addicts in the Philippines.

He added that the success of this seizure was due to the close cooperation between Bukit Aman, PDEA, Customs Department and state police.

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