KUALA LUMPUR - A crafty attempt to transport methamphetamine (syabu) in milk cartons was foiled by police officers patrolling the Chow Kit area on Wednesday night.
A 57-year-old Pakistani national, who holds Malaysian permanent resident status, was nabbed while trying to cart 4.373kg of syabu in a Proton Waja with an accomplice.
Dang Wangi OCPD Senior Asst Comm Zainuddin Ahmad said the police discovered the stash, which was worth at least RM500,000, when they stopped the car for a spot check at around 10.30pm.
"The two men alighted from the vehicle and started running but we managed to detain the Pakistani while his accomplice escaped.
SAC Zainuddin said the police found 12 milk cartons in the car with eight of them containing syabu while the rest were unopened.
SAC Zainuddin believed that with the arrest, the police had crippled a syndicate notorious for dealing drugs around Kuala Lumpur.
In Alor Setar, a 32-year-old Indonesian was arrested while trying to smuggle syabu at the Bukit Kayu Hitam checkpoint.
Kedah Customs Department officers became suspicious when they saw four pairs of women's shoes in his luggage.
When the officers performed a detailed inspection of the wedges, syabu was found stuffed inside the heels.
State Customs director Datuk Abd Aziz Abdul Latif said the man claimed that he was promised US$2,000 (S$2,508) to transport the drug into Malaysia and that this was his second entry into Malaysia.
His first was on July 19.
The suspect has been remanded until Aug 12.