Ketamine worth RM1.2mil seized at KLIA
NILAI: The Customs department scored a major success against international drug syndicates when it seized 66.4kg of ketamine worth RM1.2mil at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
The drugs, which were in transit and bound for Bali, were seized from three Indian nationals who had arrived on a Malaysia Airlines flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh, enroute to Bali on Tuesday.
The seized ketamine was believed to have been for the Indonesian market.
Customs assistant director general (enforcement) Datuk Md Hassim Pardi said the men, aged between 25 and 35, arrived at the terminal at 3am and were seen carrying boxes containing steel tea containers.
“My men had received a tip off that they were carrying illicit drugs in their luggage. The three were arrested while waiting for their connecting flight,” he said, adding that each suspect was carrying two bags that had four tea containers in them.
Two of the suspects were from Chennai and another from Tiruchirapalli in southern India.
Md Hassim said his men cut open the bottom of the containers and found the drug stashed in them. Each of the 12 containers had 5.5kg of ketamine concealed in it.
“This is the second time that we have seized drugs in transit at the KLIA,” he said, adding that it was also the second time all three suspects had entered the country.
Md Hassim said it could not be ascertained if the suspects were drug mules or members of an international syndicate.
He said the suspects would be remanded for seven days to facilitate investigations.
The case is being investigated under section 39B of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952 that carries the death sentence upon conviction.
Since January this year, Customs have detained 36 foreigners for attempting to smuggle in various illicit drugs into the country. Of these, 27 were Indian nationals.
The total worth of drugs seized by customs so far this year had soared to RM45mil, against RM17.6mil in 2008.
Among the drugs seized were ketamine (522.6kg), ganja (492kg), Ecstasy (1,940 tabs), heroin (12.2kg), Eramine-5 (559,049 tabs) and syabu (77.1kg).
By SARBAN SINGH
Published: Thursday December 10, 2009 MYT 3:23:00 PM
1.2 million RS is approximately 352,941 USD or 239.822 Euros