KUALA LUMPUR - It was an outrageous Custom-made plan. Smugglers working with international syndicates would bring drugs from Nigeria and India into the country - and leave the luggage at the KL International Airport without having to go through inspection.
Malaysian Customs officers would then take the "abandoned" luggage and deliver the drugs to syndicate members who would have by then checked into hotels near the airport.
Four senior Customs Department officers have now been nabbed for betraying their duty and working with two international syndicates.
The Customs officers, who were highly paid, are believed to be hired by syndicate members from Nigeria and India to smuggle drugs into the country.
The drugs would be fitted into secret compartments inside the luggage or even inside electrical appliances such as DVD players.
It is learnt that more Customs personnel might be involved and police are tracking them down.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said the four officers were arrested together with seven others and drugs worth more than RM14mil were seized.
Bakri said Bukit Aman Narcotics Department's newly formed Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics (STIN) unit, with the assistance of the Customs Department, conducted several raids at hotels, business premises and houses in the Klang Valley and Negri Sembilan from Saturday to Monday after a tip-off.