Yesterday (17 October), the Australian police was reported to have seize the largest ever heroin shipment in the country. The haul was estimated to worth around A$140mil (≈RM431.8mil).
According to Reuters, the Australian police said they had arrested a Malaysia national suspect over the shipment of the illicit drug.
It was reported that the 450kg shipment was as heavy as a grand piano, and it was detected in a sea freight container of ceramic tiles sent from Malaysia and addressed to a Melbourne business.
Nonetheless, the Australian police did not name the Malaysian national, as it is a common practice in Australia, unless it is deemed to have an interest in the victim’s family or the community.
According to the Australian police, the suspect will be charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drugs, namely 451kg of heroin, and attempted possession of a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug.
If convicted, the maximum penalty is life imprisonment.
Meanwhile, Bukit Aman said they are currently working with the Australian police on this case. Federal Narcotic Crime Investigation Department Director, Comm Datuk Razarudin Husain said they are aware of the arrest of the Malaysian in Australia.
“We will liaise with our counterparts in Australia on the case.” he was quoted saying by The Star.
The Australian Federal Police Commissioner Southern Command, Krissy Barrett say the Australian Federal Police is working with the Malaysian police.
“We continue to work together in identifying and disrupting transnational organised crime syndicates that seek to harm both our nations and generate millions of dollars of profits from criminal activity.” Barett said.
The Australian police also estimated that the haul is able to save 225 lives given that there is one death in the Australian community for approximately every 2kg of heroin.