LABUAN: An Indian national facing the death sentence for allegedly trafficking in about RM500,000 worth of drugs will have his case mentioned again on April 24, after he was charged in the Magistrate’s Court here Thursday.
The man Dhastagir Mohamed Mohideen, 35, was produced in court Thursday and charged with trafficking in three kilogrammes of heroin and 3.4 kilogrammes of methamphetamine at about 10.50am on Feb 9 at the check-in baggage screening counter at the domestic departure hall of Labuan Airport.
He was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, an offence punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act which carries the mandatory death sentence.
The court set April 24, 2017 for his case to be mentioned again.
Dhastagir was unrepresented. He was also ordered to be held at the Kapayan central prison pending mention of his case.
According to the facts of the case, Dhastagir from Mumbai had first landed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport last Feb 9, where he was on transit before taking a connecting flight to Labuan, from where he was to fly back to KLIA the next day.
However alert Royal Malaysian Customs Department officials saw him behaving suspiciously and stopped him, taking a closer look at his luggage.
With the cooperation of Labuan Airport auxiliary police, they found the drugs, stashed in 88 packets in 44 re-sewn small wallets, inside the man’s bag.
Last week at a Press conference, Labuan customs director Dr Mohamad Saprin said the drugs were hidden in the re-sewn wallets in that manner in an apparent bid to avoid detection through the scanner.
The ploy obviously did not work.