Airport Busts Yield 23kgs Of Syabu

KOTA KINABALU: Customs officers seized about RM1.15 million worth of syabu in three separate airport busts including one in a washroom here and in Tawau recently.

In total, the Customs Department hauled in some 23kg of the drugs and detained four suspects in the Ops Ice Break 2020, between July 1 and 4.

State Customs Assistant Director, Datuk Abdullah Jaapar said the first seizure was made on July 1 at the Tawau airport.

“In the 11.40am bust, a 53-year-old man had arrived from Kuala Lumpur with baggages containing more than 4kg of syabu,” he said to reporters in Tawau today.

“Further investigations led to the arrest of another suspect, a 39-year-old woman in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.”

In the second incident, he said, based on a tip-off, customs officers found a plastic bag containing eight small parcels containing the suspected substance in a toilet at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) here on July 2.

“The drugs weigh about eight kilogrames and are worth some RM400,000,” Abdullah said.

He said the last seizure was made at KKIA on July 4.

“We arrested two local men at 12.34am. We found about 11kg of the drugs in the two luggages they were carrying,” he said.

Meanwhile, customs officers also seized three containers of contraband alcohol worth over RM1.5 million at several locations in the state capital recently.