African caught at KL airport trying to smuggle drugs in two pumpkins

The drug-filled pumpkins and other seized drugs being displayed during the press conference in Bukit Aman.

KUALA LUMPUR - Instead of the usual Halloween candies, a man stuffed two pumpkins with drugs. But his trick failed and the African was caught at the KL International Air­port.

The man had tried to fool the authorities by hiding some 4kg of syabu inside the pumpkins when he arrived from Benin in Northern Africa at 5.15pm on Tuesday - five days after Halloween.

Federal Narcotics Crime Inves­tigation Department director Comm Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the suspect had placed the pumpkins in his luggage.

"This is the first time anyone tried to use pumpkins to smuggle drugs into the country.

"The pumpkins even contained chicken feathers and traces of blood. We are not ruling out that the suspect practised voodoo," he told a press conference in Bukit Aman here yesterday.

In another case, police busted a syndicate smuggling drugs to Indonesia via secluded ports in Selangor, with the seizure of some RM18.5mil (S$7.2 million) worth of syabu and ecstasy pills.

Three Indonesians, including a woman, were arrested in Sekinchan and Sabak Bernam on Sunday. The suspects, aged between 21 and 38, were from Aceh.

About 40.5kg of syabu and 275,213 ecstasy pills were seized during the raids.

Meanwhile, Customs officers also seized drugs worth an estimated RM1.79mil in the last 14 days with three suspects arrested at KLIA.

KLIA Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim said the first bust on Oct 25 involved a 25-year-old Malaysian travelling to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

He was arrested with 4.65kg of methamphetamine worth an estimated RM883,500 hidden in his luggage.

The second suspect, a 30-year-old Chinese national, was arrested upon arrival from Hong Kong with 1.55kg of methamphetamine valued at RM294,500.

The third suspect, a 27-year-old Nigerian, was arrested on Nov 3 upon arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with 3.25kg of methamphetamine worth an estimated RM617,500.