Meth worth over $270,000 found in overseas parcel and tourist’s luggage

Ground crew work among Malaysia Airlines planes on the runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, in this July 25, 2014 file photo.

SEPANG - The authorities have foiled several attempts to smuggle drugs into the country via the busy KL International Airport (KLIA) over the past week.

KLIA Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim said the first case was on Oct 21, in which Pos Malaysia KLIA received a parcel from Lagos, Nigeria.

"When the parcel was checked, there were three cans that contained white powder. When tested, the powder was confirmed to be methamphetamine," he told a press conference at the KLIA Customs headquarters here yesterday.

Chik Omar said the 1.026kg of drugs were estimated to be worth RM194,490 (S$76,000).

"We tried to identify the recipient of the parcel but were unsuccessful because the address and contact number given were false.

"Usually in these cases, the address given is fake but we can usually contact the recipient through the contact number but in this case both were false," he said, adding that this was the first time the department was unable to contact a recipient owing to the fake information.

"We are worried that there are insiders involved as syndicates are always trying new ways to evade the authorities, but we will investigate," he said.

Chik Omar said the second case was on Oct 22, where a 31-year-old Chinese national who flew in via Hong Kong was arrested when his luggage was found to have contained 2.68kg of methamphetamine worth RM509,200.

The drugs were hidden in a special compartment in the bag.

Chik Omar said that from January until now, the department had arrested 18 suspects in 26 cases and seized 340kg of drugs worth an estimated RM54.7mil.

Meanwhile, police arrested a 60-year-old South African at KLIA for attempting to smuggle in 2.1kg of methamphetamine.

Federal Narcotics Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the man was picked up at about 11am on Saturday.

"The drugs were hidden in a biscuit container," he said.