The packets containing crystalline substances suspected to be methamphetamine seized by JKDM on Thursday night.

KUCHING: A local man, in his late 20s, who flew in from Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (July 30) evening, was arrested by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) on suspicion of drug trafficking.

JKDM Sarawak director Datuk Sharifah Halimah Tuanku Taha said that the man and his luggage were inspected by the Customs Special Unit at Kuching International Airport (KIA) at around 8.55pm

“The results of the scan showed suspicious images in the luggage and a thorough inspection led to the discovery of eight packages containing crystalline substances suspected to be methamphetamine.

“The packages were seized. The drugs, which weighed 8,120g, were valued at RM324,800,” said Sharifah in a statement.

The packets of drugs wrapped with gift paper.

She pointed out that the packages were placed in six boxes which were wrapped in gift paper, a move aimed at confusing the Customs officers on duty.

In another separate earlier case a day earlier, another local man in his late 30s, who flew in from Johor Baharu, was arrested by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) on suspicion of drug trafficking.

He has been remanded to assist in the investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

JKDM Sarawak director Datuk Sharifah Halimah Tuanku Taha said that the man and his luggage were inspected by the Customs Special Unit officers at around 12.45pm at Kuching International Airport (KIA) on Wednesday (July 29).

“The results of the scan showed suspicious images in the luggage and a thorough inspection led to the discovery of 10 packages containing crystalline substances suspected to be methamphetamine,” she said.

The packages were wrapped in aluminum foil, a move also aimed at confusing the Customs officer on duty.

The packages were seized. The drugs, which weighed 10,126g, were valued at RM405,040.

The man has also been remanded to assist in the investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Sharifah said those found guilty of distributing dangerous drugs could be prosecuted under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and if convicted, could face the death penalty.