Published: Monday July 9, 2012 MYT 4:45:00 PM
Updated: Monday July 9, 2012 MYT 5:26:18 PM
Customs biggest seizure - 3 million Erimin pills worth RM58mil
By A RUBAN
PORT KLANG: Selangor Customs made one of the biggest drug busts with the seizure of about three million Erimin 5 pills estimated at RM58.28mil.
The drugs, kept in 620 packets, were stashed together with 202 sacks of chewing tobacco and 100 boxes of incense sticks inside a container that arrived at Westport from Hong Kong on June 23.
Deputy director-general (enforcement) Datuk Matrang Suhaili said the container, which originated from India, did not reach its intended point in Hong Kong and was diverted to Port Klang for unknown reasons.
“When the container arrived at our port, it was left unclaimed for several days.
"Our department received a tip-off that a drug syndicate had planned to change details on the documents before it was supposed to go to the recipient country.
“Our officers then brought the container to the Customs godown on June 30 for a thorough check before making the discovery,” he told a press conference.
Matrang said in a follow-up operation, the department detained three men, in their 30s, and a married couple, on Friday.
“The couple from Penang, aged 32 and 41, are believed to be the main suspects who had arranged to send the container to Malaysia,” he added.
He said all five suspects have been remanded for a week for investigations under Section 39b of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
Meanwhile, in a separate case, Marine Department officers foiled an attempt by smugglers to bring in contraband cigarettes worth RM91,728 at nearby Tanjung Gabang here last Wednesday.
The unpaid duties on the goods was estimated to be more than RM300,000. No arrest was made from the bust.