Argentinian drug mule detained

Mohd-Mokhtar-drugKUALA LUMPUR: Police detained an Argentinian man and seized drugs, believed to be cocaine, weighing 4.8kg and worth RM1.2 million at the KL International Airport in Sepang, Selangor, on Monday.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the man, aged 48, who arrived from Singapore, was arrested by the Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (Sting) at about 6pm after the drug was found in his bag.

“Four packets of the drug were found hidden at the side of the bag carried by the man, who is believed to be a drug mule for an international syndicate,” he told reporters here today.

He said the man was on transit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Singapore, from Brazil, before arriving in Malaysia.

Police also seized RM4,400 from him, he added.

Mokhtar attributed the success to cooperation from the Sao Paulo airport police in Brazil.

He said the suspect was in remand until June 12 for investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act for drug trafficking.

In a related development, he said seven people, believed to be drug mules, had been arrested in the country this year, 15 in 2015 and 22 in 2016.

He said 81,245 people had been arrested for various drug-related offences between January and June 5 this year, and drugs worth RM105.2 million seized.