Robbers swipe 50kg of drugs from Customs

Robbers broke into a Customs storage facility and stole narcotics, ketamine and heroin. (AFP pix)

KUALA LUMPUR: Police arrested two Customs officers and three other suspects after a gang of thieves stole about 50kg of narcotics, ketamine and heroin, from a Customs storage facility in a heist on Sunday.

The thieves targeted a container that had been recently impounded and stored in the Customs Department’s anti-narcotics unit’s facility in Negeri Sembilan, about an hour’s drive from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

“The suspects escaped with seven boxes believed to have contained ketamine and heroin with an estimated weight of 50kg,” Customs director-general Subromaniam Tholasy said in a statement.

Armed customs officers were deployed at the facility following the break-in, and security has been stepped up at Customs storage facilities nationwide, he said.

No estimate was given for the value of the stolen drugs, but media reports said the haul was worth around RM30 million.

Negeri Sembilan police chief Noor Azam Jamaluddin said he would speak about the case at a press conference tomorrow.