Anonymous tip leads to huge drug bust

Daring attempt: Aminul Izmeer (right) showing pictures of the Singaporean man’s illegal entry method during the press conference at the Sungai Pulai Customs Enforce­ment Complex in Johor. — Bernama

ISKANDAR PUTERI: A public tip-off led the Johor Customs Department to seize drugs worth more than RM540,000 found inside a car in Durian Tunggal, Melaka.

Department director Aminul Izmeer Mohd Sohaimi said teams from the Customs narcotics and marine units carried out an inspection on the car around 10pm on Feb 14.

“A red-coloured sack was found, which contained 19 brown packages. Three of them contained sugar; two contained barium sulphate, weighing 2kg, while 14 packages were filled with methamphetamine, weighing 14kg.

“We also detained a 30-year-old local man,” he said.

Aminul Izmeer said this in a press conference held at the Sungai Pulai Customs Enforcement Complex here yesterday.

Separately, he said the state department carried out a raid at a premises in Shah Alam, Selangor, on Jan 9, which led to the seizure of contraband cigarettes worth more than RM1mil.

Aminul Izmeer added that checks inside the premises led to the discovery of more than two million sticks of illicit clove cigarettes, believed to be from a neighbouring country.

“The estimated value of the seized items was RM1.01mil. With total duties and taxes, it amounted to RM1.6mil,” he said.

Meanwhile, Aminul Izmeer said the department detained a Singaporean man for trying to enter Malaysia illegally through the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI) Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex.

He added that the foreigner, in his 50s, was found hiding inside a Malaysian-registered car boot at BSI around 3.30pm on Dec 13 last year.

“The car was stopped for inspection after it looked a bit heavier at the back. When we opened the car boot, we found a man inside. He had no travel documents,” said Aminul Izmeer.

The department’s personnel also detained two Malaysian women in their 20s for helping him.

“Based on our investigation, the man paid S$3,000 (RM10,555) to the two women to bring him over into Malaysia illegally,” he said.

Aminul Izmeer added that further investigation of the Singaporean found that he had some legal issues in the island republic. As a result, he could not obtain a passport.

“The Singaporean has since served his time in our prison and returned to his home country in mid-February this year,” Aminul Izmeer said.

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