BUTTERWORTH: The Customs Department has crippled an international drug distribution syndicate which used laptop computers to smuggle drugs.
The modus operandi was by claiming the computers were for export but actually the components had been removed and replaced with packet of drugs instead.
Customs assistant director-general of enforcement Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said the tactic was exposed when a Customs enforcement team raided two unnumbered premises and three sheds in a durian orchard in Batu Ferringhi, Teluk Bahang, on the island yesterday.
“From public information and intelligence reports since Sept 4, a team of custom officers from the anti-narcotics branch in Sungai Petani and Penang conducted an operation in the area at 12.25pm,” he told a media conference.
He said the enforcement team at first found several laptop computers which had been left in one of the unnumbered premises, and on inspection found the heroin.
In the other premises, the custom team found a powdered substance, also believed to be heroin, weighing 15.3kg. If it is heroin, the amount would be worth RM3mil. — Bernama