SEPANG - Customs officers have foiled two attempts to smuggle in 10.5kg of methamphetamine worth RM2mil (S$718,991) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
Two Indian nationals have been arrested, while authorities are also looking for other individuals in connection with one of the two cases, said KLIA Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim.
The two suspects, aged 28, were nabbed upon their arrival at KLIA2 from Chennai, India on July 13, after airport scanners detected suspicious contents in two bags they were carrying.
"When checking their bags, we found secret compartments concealing bags of white powder.
"Our tests revealed they were methamphetamine weighing a total 10.06kg with a street value of RM1.9mil," said Chik Omar at a press conference here yesterday.
Chik Omar said the suspects are believed to be part of a syndicate, and had entered Malaysia more than 10 times using social visit passes.
"They claim to run a clothing business in Malaysia. However, they do not have a local business address, and were unable to tell us more on their so-called business," he said.
Both suspects were remanded for seven days and charged under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act, which carries the mandatory death sentence.
In the other case, KLIA customs officers seized an unclaimed parcel from Lagos, Nigeria containing 470g of methamphetamine with a street value of RM89,300.
The parcel arrived here on July 5 for delivery to an address in Klang, but there was no response from the recipient when the courier company called the number provided on the parcel for confirmation.
Chik Omar said the parcel remained unclaimed for several days. When officers opened it on July 13, they found an exhaust pipe with the methamphetamine hidden inside.
He added the recipient's address proved to be false, and police are working with telecommunications providers to trace the owner of the phone number.
Chik Omar said the modus operandi of delivering a parcel containing drugs to a fake address is not new.
However, he said the smugglers did not collect it in this case as they may be aware their ruse has been discovered.
The RM2mil drug bust is the second biggest by KLIA Customs this year, he added.
To date, about 73.8kg of drugs worth about RM14mil was seized at KLIA this year, while 11 suspects were arrested.