Eramin pills worth RM60 mil found hidden in consignment of exhaust pipes

The three million Eramin pills seized in a joint operation at North Port in Port Klang last month. (Bernama pic)

NILAI: The Royal Malaysian Customs Department and the Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (JSJN) seized three million Eramin 5 pills valued at RM60 million in a joint operation at North Port in Port Klang last month.

Customs director-general T Subromaniam said in the Jan 31 raid, the drugs were found in motorcycle exhaust pipes in one of the two containers which had arrived from Taipei, Taiwan.

He said a local man, in his 20s, who is a company director, was arrested.

“Upon checking, we found Eramin 5 pills weighing 480kg hidden in 1,248 exhaust pipes in one of the 20-foot containers.

“The containers, which were registered to contain vehicle spare parts, had arrived in December.

“Sniffer dogs used in the operation gave positive signs for the presence of drugs on the exhaust pipes.

“The exhaust pipes were split open using metal cutters and a narcotics trace detector revealed the presence of nimetazepam,” Subromaniam told a press conference today.

Also present were Customs deputy director-general (enforcement and compliance) Azimah Abd Hamid and Bukit Aman JSJN deputy director Kamarul Zaman Mamat.

Subromaniam said the drugs were believed to be for the local market and could be used by about 300,000 people.

“We will continue to investigate to see if there are other parties, including shipping agents, involved.”

The suspect has been remanded until Feb 13 to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.