Traffickers hide drugs in secret compartment of boxes

GEORGE TOWN - Traffickers are now concealing drugs in wooden boxes filled with porcelain statues and passing them off as gifts to fool the authorities.

Penang deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan said they came across this tactic last week.

"Police found a wooden box containing such statues, seized from a 32-year-old Nigerian man at a condominium unit in Batu Ferringhi on Friday.

"The box came from China and was sent here using an international courier company. We recovered 2.5kg of syabu worth RM400,000 (S$155,700) hidden in the bottom which can only be discovered if inspected closely," he said at a press conference yesterday.

DCP Thaiveegan said the Nigerian, who has been here for several months, registered as a student at a college here but he never attended classes.

"We're now working to track down the syndicate he's working for and also the other members still at large. Our investigations showed that the syabu was meant for the local market.

"The suspect has been remanded pending investigations," he added.