$230,000 in drugs seized at KLIA

$230,000 in drugs seized at KLIA
Seized goods: Chik Omar (centre) and his officers, enforcement director Zahari Abdullah (left) and Keith Jonathan (right), showing the imitation rifles and pistols during the press conference at the Customs complex in KLIA, Sepang.

SEPANG - A packet containing drugs valued at RM851,200 (S$330,000), and 10 air guns were seized by Customs at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in two separate cases a day apart.

The drugs were found in a traveller's luggage early on Monday morning while the pellet guns had been flown in via a freight forwarder and were intercepted at a courier service centre on Tuesday.

KLIA Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim said the luggage belonged to a 32-year-old Kenyan man and he was arrested.

The man, believed to be a drug mule, was nabbed at the arrival hall of the KLIA2 at about 1.30am.

He was flying from China and his plane had just touched down.

"When his luggage was screened, we saw something suspicious and after a check, we found white powder in a special compartment," said Chik Omar.

"A test was carried out and it showed the powder was methamphetamine," he said.

Chik Omar said the drugs were meant for the the Klang Valley market.

"We are working with the police to determine the drug syndicate behind this.

"The suspect is under remand until Sunday to facilitate investigations," he said at a press conference yesterday.

In the second case, Customs officers confiscated the pellet guns at the courier centre at about 11.30am following a tip-off.

The toy guns - six pistols and four rifles - were scheduled to be delivered to a man in the Klang Valley.

"But the delivery was cancelled at the last minute. We're guessing that the person who ordered the items found out that we had seized the shipment," Chik Omar said.

Customs and the police are now trying to trace the recipient.

"We called the recipient via the phone number he provided to the courier service but it has been disconnected.

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