The Federal Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) had successfully thwarted an attempt by an international syndicate to smuggle 398.28kg of syabu (crystal methamphetamine) into the Philippines.
According to Malay Mail, the drugs are valued at about RM14.33 million.
Bukit Aman NCID Director, Datuk Razarudin Hussain said the operation was successful as they’ve received a tip off from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which provided the information on the movement of containers from Guatemala suspected of carrying the illicit drugs.
He added that the operation was a collaboration between the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Customs Department, where they had managed to locate the drugs which are hidden in a container at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in Gelang Patah on 16 October.
“Following inspections with special image-scanning equipment, we detected a disparity between the goods in the containers involved.” he said.
“When the container was opened, we found 14 sacks of syabu out of the 100 sacks declared as coffee beans that should have been sent to the Philippines.” Razarudin said in a press conference held yesterday (20 October) at the Johor police contingent headquarters.
The Johor Police Chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay was present at the press conference too.
Razarudin explain that the police believed the syndicate is carrying out their smuggling activities using sea routes from a foreign country and are making Malaysia a transit location before smuggling the illicit substance to a third country.
He then said the police will conduct further investigations with its international counterparts to track down the syndicate mastermind.
Razarudin added that the drugs seized can be used by almost 2 million addicts.
He then said the success of this seizure is due to the close cooperation between Bukit Aman, PDEA, the Customs Department and state police.
Watch the press conference here: