Thursday, July 18

Customs officers seize 169kg of ketamine worth RM3.04 mln

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NILAI: Customs officers seized ketamine weighing 169kg worth RM3.04 million at Port Klang and the KL International Airport (KLIA), Sepang last Tuesday.Its director-general, Datuk Sri Ibrahim Jaapar said in the first incident, a container suspected of containing drugs was detained by the Customs at Klang Port.

He said it was taken to Customs Narcotics Branch here the next day and inspected in the presence of its shipping agent last Thursday.

Customs officers found 130 packets of ketamine concealed in 250 boxes of vibuthi (holy ash), he told reporters here yesterday.

Weighing 150kg, he said the drug could fetch RM2.7 million in the streets.

Ibrahim said the container was also ladened with 150 gunny sacks of peanuts and 50 gunny sacks of other foodstuff.

He said checks by the Customs showed that the designated address of the receiver of the consignment was fictitious.

“The syndicate not only used fictitious designated address but also planned to take the container  out of Port Klang without the Customs’ knowledge.

“We dubbed such container as ‘kontena terbang’ (flying container) and this is an organised smuggling,” he added. — Bernama