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4 arrested for smuggling drugs worth RM8.1 million at KLIA

The drugs, estimated to weigh some 200kg, were hidden in a box declared as electronic goods.

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Two employees of a cargo airline working at KLIA were among four men arrested on suspicion of attempting to smuggle 200kg of drugs to New Zealand.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Razarudin Husain said the four local men, aged between 34 and 59, were arrested in several raids at KLIA and in the Klang Valley from Oct 22 to 26.

He said the arrests were made after the security detail of Malaysia Airport Bhd became suspicious over the contents of five boxes brought in by a man, addressed to Auckland.

“Police then inspected the box declared as electronic goods and found 180 packages of syabu drugs weighing 200kg estimated to be worth RM8.1 million.

“Two employees of a cargo airline who were arrested acted as facilitators for the syndicate involved to export the drugs overseas,” he said at a press conference at KLIA district police headquarters in Sepang today.

Razarudin said initial police investigations found that the syndicate had completed four drug shipments out of the country using the same modus operandi since April.

“Police are currently gathering information on the leader and other members of the syndicate and we believe we will be making arrests soon,” he said.

According to Razarudin, urine tests found one of the arrested men positive for cannabis. All four were remanded until Nov 5. The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Police also seized various assets belonging to the suspects, estimated to be worth RM234,955, including a Ford Ranger, RM3,560 in cash and a watch.

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