$4.89m 'hair attachments' seized

$4.89m 'hair attachments' seized

SEPANG - An international drug trafficking syndicate's bid to smuggle in a staggering 66.75kg of methamphetamine worth RM12.68million (S$4.89 million) as "hair attachments" was foiled.

The drugs were confiscated when the KL International Airport (KLIA) Customs intercepted an air consignment early this week.

The drugs were flown in from Lagos, Nigeria, using a cargo service.

This is the biggest single seizure in the history of the KLIA Customs.

The success is the result of co-operation between the KLIA Customs and US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as well as the Nigerian authorities.

"The amount of drugs were huge for a single attempt.

"It was a very daring smuggling bid and this shows that the sender or senders and the receivers are no small fries," said KLIA Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim yesterday.

Chik Omar said working on an intelligence report, a team was dispatched to the MAS Kargo KLIA godown on Monday to trace a consignment coming from Lagos.

He said the consignment, in the form of two boxes which had been declared as hair attachments, was traced at about 5pm.

"We carried out a thorough check and found 11 laptop-sized bags in the two boxes.

"Upon further checks, we found 67 packages of white crystal powder which were later positively tested as methamphetamine," he said.

Chik Omar added that based on the information on the airway bill, the consignment was imported by a company in Klang.

"There is a handphone number on the airway bill but our calls were not answered.

"We have also checked the background of the company and the address and both were found to be non-existent," he said, adding that the consignment had left Lagos on April 5.

Chik Omar said they were also investigating where the drugs were going - for the local market or on transit to other destinations.

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