JOHOR BARU: The Johor Customs Department has arrested two men for sending drugs inside packages of Raya cookies during a raid near the city centre, here.
The department director Misbahudin Parmin said the first arrest was made on April 11 at 12.05pm at a delivery company, where a 27-year-old man was arrested.
"The first suspect was arrested along with nine packages that were going to be sent to Sabah and Sarawak.
"Inspection inside the packaging found 10 compressed ganja slabs stored inside the kuih raya jar," he said during a press conference at Menara Kastam Johor, here, on Monday (May 22).
A follow-up arrest was then made on a man, aged 29, at a house in Johor Baru, he added.
"Inspection inside the house found chunks of plants believed to be ganja that had yet to be packaged.
"The second suspect also tested positive for ganja," he said, adding that investigations were still ongoing to find out where the suspects got their supplies.
Misbahudin also informed that the cookies were sold online with a price tag of over RM100.
"The jar is transparent, and you can clearly see the cookies, but inside they have also placed a package of ganja.
"Usually the kuih raya is sold for RM30, but since this is a 'special' kuih raya, it was expensive," he explained.
Misbahudin added that the department managed to confiscate 24kg of ganja worth RM82,874, and both suspects were charged in court on April 20.
The case is being investigated under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries a punishment of either the death penalty or life in prison and whipping with a minimum of 15 strokes, on conviction.