Published: Monday July 2, 2012 MYT 6:35:00 PM
Nigerian who swallowed syabu capsules held
By AUSTIN CAMOENS
SEPANG: A Nigerian drug mule was arrested with about 400gm of syabu, which she swallowed in capsules.
The 32-year-old woman, who arrived from Doha, was nabbed at around 7.30pm at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal on June 16.
“The suspect was brought to the Serdang Hospital for an X-ray which revealed she had ingested 28 capsules,” KLIA Customs Department director Badaruddin Mohamed Rafik told a press conference at the Sepang Customs Complex on Monday.
He said initial investigations revealed the capsules contained about 394.43gm of syabu with a street value of RM98,607.50.
In addition to this, two men from Romania and India were arrested on June 26 and 27 respectively.
He added that the Customs Department foiled three attempts to traffic syabu and ketamine through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Low-Cost Carrier Terminal with the seizure of over RM1.03mil of drugs.
“We also arrested a 20-year-old Romanian man at around 11.55pm on June 26 after noticing suspicious-looking packages in his luggage as it passed through the scanner.
“We conducted a thorough check on the bag which revealed a hidden compartment containing about 3.29kg of syabu, worth at least RM824,000,” he said, adding that investigations revealed the man had come from Manila.
Badaruddin said a 42-year-old Indian man was arrested at 2.35am the next day after a customs officer noticed something suspicious in his luggage.
A hidden compartment in his luggage was found to contain about 2.86kg of ketamine with a street value of RM114,400. The man had arrived on a flight from Calcutta to LCCT.
He said the Romanian and Indian man have been remanded while the Nigerian woman has been charged with drug trafficking.
Badaruddin also said since January this year, 35 people have been arrested with about 138.98kg of drugs and 897 pills worth a combined RM22.73mil seized.
“Most of our arrests were made at KLIA with 25 people arrested there while six people have been arrested at LCCT,” he said, adding that a majority were drug mule cases.