Customs on alert at KLIA

By Terrapinzflyer · Jan 24, 2010 · ·
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    Customs on alert at KLI

    PUTRAJAYA: The Customs Department is beefing up surveillance work at the KL International Airport (KLIA) following a sharp jump in the amount of drugs seized there.

    Drugs worth a staggering RM62mil were seized last year compared to RM17.6mil in 2008, department deputy-director general (enforcement) Datuk Mohd Khalid Yusof said.

    "The drug-smuggling activities at the KLIA are very alarming," he said.

    "We will also be keeping an eye on aircraft arriving from certain international destinations, and tourists of certain nationalities which we believe are involved in this activity," he told reporters at a "Customs with media" session yesterday.

    For instance, Khalid said most ketamine seized involved individuals from Trichy, India and also from several countries in West Asia.

    He cited cases of drugs being stored in tins with labels stating that the content was tumeric from a supermarket in a particular area or district.

    The "mules", he said, were individuals wearing the same type of black shoes.

    Khalid said his department was also working closely with Asean customs authorities.

    "Our foreign counterparts will alert us if smugglers had managed to give them the slip and are heading for KLIA," he said.

    He added that drug smugglers had come up with various methods of concealment, including hiding the illegal substances inside television sets and computer CPUs.

    Fri, Jan 22, 2010
    The Star/Asia News Network

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    RM62m worth of drugs seized at KLIA last year

    PUTRAJAYA: Various type of drugs, worth RM62 million, were seized from passengers at the KL International Airport (KLIA) last year.

    Royal Malaysian Customs Department deputy director-general Datuk Mohamed Khalid Yusuf said the figure was about 3.5 times higher than the RM17.6 million worth of drugs seized in 2008.

    Among the drugs seized were ketamine and eramine five pills, syabu and marijuana.

    "Investigations found that most of the passengers found with the drugs were from Chennai, India," he told reporters here today.

    Mohamed Khalid said the department's success last year was partly due to the exchange of intelligence among customs departments in the region, especially from Hong Kong, which has a very effective system.

    However, he said due to the increase, the department had become more wary of passengers arriving from Chennai, whether via direct flight to Kuala Lumpur or via transit in Bangkok and Singapore.

    Earlier, Mohamed Khalid attended the Customs director-general Datuk Seri Ibrahim Jaafar-meets-the media event here.

    In his speech, Ibrahim said the department had collected RM25.9 billion of indirect taxes last year, where 62.1 per cent were from domestic taxes like excise, sales and service tax, while the rest comprised import and export tax and fines imposed during its law enforcement operations.

    January 21, 2010
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