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