Malaysian Held for RM240,000 of Syabu at KLIA

16 November 2008

A Malaysian from Kuala Lumpur was arrested by the Royal Customs and Excise Department when he arrived at the KL International Airport from Kathmandu on 13 November 2008.

The 38-year-old suspect was returning on a Royal Nepal Airlines flight at around 8:45am that day when a scanning machine detected three packages wrapped in aluminium foil and carbon paper, meant to foil detection, discreetly hidden in the suspects luggage. Customs officers was later determined the white crystalline powder, weighing about 900gm, to be syabu, worth about RM240,000.

Authorities said Nepal is a common route for drug smugglers as it is close to China and India where most drugs found here come from. The suspect had visited Nepal three times this year, thus it is believed that he may have smuggled syabu before.

The suspect faces a charge under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

New Straits Times Online – KLIA drug bust nets man with RM240,000 syabu

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