NILAI: Customs seized 370.8kg of drugs worth RM25.5 million in three operations held this month.
In the biggest haul, deputy director-general of customs (enforcement and compliance) Sazali Mohamad said they seized 270kg of ecstasy pills (MDMA) worth RM19.8 million.
In the raid on a petrol station in Damansara, Selangor, at 9.30pm on Oct 20, customs also arrested two men, aged 44 and 57, in a lorry. They found two wooden crates of ecstasy pills hidden in several sacks.
Also seized were a Toyota Vellfire and a lorry.
“The modus operandi of this syndicate is to hoodwink the authorities by hiding the drugs in wooden boxes declared as machinery.
“Preliminary investigations showed this clandestine operation used an air route from a European country, with transit in a Middle Eastern country before arriving in this country as the final destination,” Sazali said at the customs’s narcotics branch in Kampung Jijan here today.
Based on the weight of the drugs, a total of 1.35 million doses could be made for addicts.
In a different case, customs arrested a 42-year-old man at a location in Petaling Jaya at 4.30pm on Oct 11. They seized a lorry containing four boxes of ketamine weighing 91kg worth RM5.4 million.
“In this case, the merchandise was declared as ‘tiles’ adhesive’. The recipient’s address was changed at the last minute before the delivery.
“The merchandise was imported by air from a European country and arrived in this country as the final destination,” he said.
The drugs could have supplied 450,000 doses to addicts.
In the third case on Oct 13, customs seized 10kg of methamphetamine worth RM330,000 hidden in packets of dog food.
“Following the arrest of a 42-year-old local man, investigations led us to the KLIA cargo complex with a shipment addressed to a Petaling Jaya location,” he said.
He said the supply was disguised as dog food and was to be delivered to an uninhabited house.
The cargo was imported by air from a European country with Malaysia named as the final destination.