Peruvian smuggler caught with 1.1kg of cocaine at KLIA

SHAH ALAM: A drug mule from Peru was caught shortly after landing at the KL International Airport (KLIA) with more than 1.1kg of cocaine inside his belly.

The suspect had reportedly swallowed 95 capsules containing cocaine worth over RM230,000 and was waiting for further instructions from his “employer” when he was caught.

The 20-year-old mechanic was allegedly hired by a Latin American drug cartel to smuggle the drugs to a third country.

Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Hussein Omar Khan said police detained the suspect based on information from Interpol at around 8.30am on May 17.

“The man was behaving suspiciously prior to the arrest.

“We brought him in for an X-ray, which revealed objects in his stomach.

“We detained the suspect at the Cyberjaya Hospital for three days before he finally passed 95 capsules out,” he told reporters yesterday.

Comm Hussein said checks revealed that the capsules contained 1.152kg of cocaine worth RM230,400.

He added that checks revealed that the suspect had entered Malaysia and was waiting for instructions from the cartel on what to do next.

Comm Hussein said the suspect was looking for a hotel to stay near KLIA while waiting for further instructions.

“We have remanded the suspect for seven days to help with further investigations.

“We do not have a demand for cocaine in Malaysia, which is why we believe that the drugs were meant to be smuggled to another country,” he said.

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