SHAH ALAM: Police have confirmed a huge seizure of drugs amounting to 3.2 tonnes of cocaine and 500kg of ketamine in a raid by Customs narcotics offers in Puncak Alam and Shah Alam.
The drugs have an estimated street value of several hundreds of millions of ringgit and may be the largest drug haul in Malaysia.
Kuala Selangor district police chief Supt Md Asri A Wahab said the raid was carried out by the Customs Department, Bernama reported.
However a notice circulating on social media said the raids were a joint operation between narcotics officers from Customs and federal police headquarters. Four Malaysian men and nine foreigners were believed to have been arrested.
“The confiscation and investigation were carried out by the Customs, so we can only confirm a police report has been made at Jeram police station, Kuala Selangor, in connection with this seizure,” Md Asri said in a statement, according to Bernama.
In a raid on the Alam Jaya trade centre in Puncak Alam at 4.30am on Sunday, narcotics officers seized 11 sacks weighing 500kg containing white powder suspected to be ketamine.
Information obtained from the raid led them to a house at Subang Pelangi, Shah Alam, where officers found 23,230 slabs of white powder believed to be cocaine, weighing about 3.2 tonnes.
The combined street value of the drugs was estimated at RM676 million.
A Customs spokesman declined to comment on the haul and said a press conference would be held tomorrow, Bernama reported.
Earlier today, federal police were unable to confirm the report when asked by FMT and said further information would be made available later in the week.
This report has been updated with fresh details from the police.