Record drug haul by customs, police

NILAI: A record haul of 3,667kg of drugs comprising cocaine and ketamine worth RM676 million was seized in Selangor on Aug 18, making it among the largest successes of the Royal Malaysian Customs Department and Royal Malaysia Police, to date.

Customs director-general Datuk Seri Paddy Abd Halim and Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd announced this at a joint media conference in Jijan here yesterday.

The two authorities, following more than a month’s surveillance raided two shop lots, in Puncak Alam and Section U5, Shah Alam at 4.30pm and 9.20pm respectively.

Paddy Abd Halim (fifth right), Mohd Khalil (second left) with police and customs officials showing the seized drugs. Photo: Bernama

They seized 467kg of ketamine at Puncak Alam and 3,200kg of cocaine at Shah Alam. “Initial investigations found that the ketamine was from Pakistan, while the cocaine was from Ecuador. The drugs are believed to have been brought in via Port Klang and intended for export to a third country,” said Paddy, but he declined to name the country.

According to him, 13 men aged 27 to 56, of whom four are locals were arrested and remanded until Aug 30 to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. The authorities have not ruled out the possibility that Malaysia was being used as a transit point for trafficking of such drugs.

Meanwhile, Mohd Khalil added that the drugs were not meant for the local market.   “As the drug addiction trend in Malaysia shows, it is not cocaine but syabu that is the drug of choice among addicts in this country,” he said. – Bernama