Drug smugglers turn to courier, cargo services

Fatimah (centre) monitors the process of receiving goods at the KIA cargo centre.

KUCHING: There has been an increase in seizures of drugs smuggled in via courier and cargo services at major airports and ports in Sarawak, said Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

The Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister cum chairman of One-Stop Centre (OSC) at addressing drug and suspension issues (MIDS) visited the Kuching International Airport (KIA) to oversee the process of receiving goods via the KIA cargo centre today (June25).

“This work visit is an opportunity for our members to understand the risk of entry of drugs and substances into Sarawak through cargo.

“With this visit we will be able to provide input to the State OSC MIDS for the preparation of a briefing on efforts to curb this matter to the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on July 1,” she said during the work visit.

Fatimah pointed out that overseeing the process of receiving goods will help to understand and identity the constraints faced by enforcement agencies in detecting drug and substance entry through courier and cargo services at the airport.

“This is important so that we can find a strategy to be able to curb the entry or smuggling of drugs and substances into Sarawak,” she explained.

Also present during the work visit was Royal Malaysian Customs Department Sarawak director Herman Shah Abdullah; Sarawak National Anti -Drug Agency (AADK) director Iskandar Turkee and Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (JSJN) head ACP Jasmirol Jamaluddin.