Cops: Sarawak a drug transit point

Endless war on drugs: Customs and Immigration officers arranging the drugs seized at Miri Airport.

MIRI - Sarawak is being increasingly used as a transit point by major drug-traffickers in the local and international drug trade, state Police Commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Sabtu Osman said.

He revealed this following the la­­test seizure of RM21 million (S$8 million) worth of syabu at the Miri Airport.

Speaking at a press conference here, Mohd Sabtu said the Immi­gration authorities and anti-narco­tics police had arrested a Malaysian man in his 20s at the airport while he was boarding a flight to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

"They found 115.8kg of syabu inside six bags estimated to be worth RM21mil in market value.

"He has been placed under remand for seven days and is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dan­gerous Drugs Act for trafficking," he said, adding that this was the biggest drug bust in the state so far.

Mohd Sabtu said initial investigations showed that the suspect could be linked to drug-trafficking syndicates that were using Sarawak as a transit point to facilitate their business in the country and in the region.

"So far this year, we have unco­vered three cases of attempted drug smuggling at airports in Sarawak, twice in Kuching International Air­port and this time in Miri Airport.

"We have tightened security at the state's airports," he said, stressing that the police were still investigating where the suspect obtained the drugs and where he was supposed to deliver them.

Mohd Sabtu said the drugs were hidden in plastic bags, labelled as nutritional tea made in a foreign country, inside the six suitcases.