Police in Malaysia crippled five international drug syndicates, seizing
RM2.3mil worth of drugs hidden inside handbags, in the space of six
days. 14 people were arrested among them Nigerians.
The raids, which were conducted by the Special Tactical Intelligence
Narcotics Group (STING) and Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation
Department (NCID), took place in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Johor
between April 1 to April 6.

NCID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff (pictured
holding up one of the handbags used to hide the seized drugs) said the
syndicates had all been using the same method of smuggling the drugs,
which was through international courier and sea cargo services.

“The shipments came from China and we believe the drugs were destined
for the overseas market,” he said in a press conference at Bukit Aman on
Friday, April 8.

He said the drugs were hidden in packages like shipments of handbags and other unsuspicious items.
He added that police also arrested 14 people, aged 26 to 54, including
10 foreigners from Nigeria, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam in the

Comm Mohd Mokhtar said this was the latest in a series of drug busts in the first three months of the year so far.

“From January 1 to April 3, we have arrested 55,049 people for drug
related offences and seized RM61.43mil worth of various drugs. We have
also seized RM34.62mil worth of property related to these cases in the
same period,” he said.

Source: The Star (Malaysia)

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