Report: Aussies arrest Malaysia Airlines staff for heroin smuggling

Malaysia Airlines confirms that a member of its cabin crew was detained by Australian authorities last month. (Reuters pic)

PETALING JAYA: A Malaysia Airlines flight attendant has been arrested in Australia for allegedly smuggling 3.5kg of heroin worth US$1.4 million (RM5.6 million) into the country.

According to Daily Mail Australia, the 33-year-old was arrested at Melbourne International Airport after Australian Border Force officials noticed him behaving “suspiciously”.

Ten packets wrapped in masking tape were found on him, which “returned an indication of heroin” after preliminary testing, a spokesman for the Australian federal police told the daily.

The report said the man has been charged with possessing and importing a commercial quantity of heroin and is due to appear in court on Aug 6.

When contacted by FMT, Malaysia Airlines confirmed that a member of its cabin crew had been detained by Australian authorities on May 13.

However, it said it was unable to comment further due to ongoing investigations and the pending court date.

“The airline is committed to cooperating fully with the authorities.

“Malaysia Airlines has very strict policies and guidelines that govern staff conduct and all staff are required to adhere to the airline’s code of business conduct with the highest level of integrity,” it said in a statement to FMT.