SEPANG - The Customs Department seized over RM62 million (S$23 million) worth of drugs at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport this year.
KLIA Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim said they detected 32 cases of drug smuggling at KLIA and seized 347.45kg of drugs so far this year.
"We also arrested 18 foreigners and four Malaysians for drug smuggling.
"Last Sunday, Customs personnel detained a 27-year-old man at around 6.30pm after a scan of the man's luggage showed a suspicious-looking package," he said at the KLIA Customs headquarters yesterday.
He said upon inspection, the personnel found 5.34kg of methamphetamine hidden in a special compartment.
"The man entered Malaysia via a flight from Chennai," he said, adding that investigations revealed he had visited Malaysia three times this year.
He said they believed the drugs were meant to be distributed to local syndicates here.
Chik Omar said the amount of drugs being smuggled into the country was increasing compared to previous years.
"The year has not ended yet and we have already seized 347.45kg of drugs compared to 317.17kg worth RM46.53 million seized last year.
"In 2012 we detected 60 cases, arrested 67 people and seized 237.87kg of drugs worth RM36.25 million," he said and urged anyone with information on drug smuggling to contact the Customs Department hotline at 1800 88 8855.