NILAI: Customs have seized 298,750 Erimin 5 pills worth some RM6mil flown in from Taiwan and arrested a 36-year-old suspect they had trailed from the KL International Airport to Yong Peng in Johor.
The suspect, who had taken delivery of the illicit drugs from the KLIA cargo section in a van, had tried to flee on foot when he was cornered by Customs officers in an oil palm plantation at about 9.30pm on Dec 13.
Customs assistant director (narcotics) Liah Omar said the illicit drugs arrived on a flight from Taiwan a day earlier in six boxes which had been declared as surgical gloves.
“My men ran through the contents of the boxes and found that it did not contain surgical gloves as stated. Upon closer inspection, we confirmed the contents as Erimin 5 pills,” he said, adding that this was the second largest seizure of such pills made at the KLIA cargo section this year.
He said his men had been on alert after receiving public tip off on attempts by a syndicate to bring in the drug from Taiwan.
Liah said the pills, which costs RM20 each in the local market, was believed to be for distribution in the Klang Valley.
It is learnt that the pill costs as low as RM1 each in Taiwan.
He said preliminary investigations also revealed that the consignment was addresssed to a company in Shah Alam in Selangor.
“We are also checking if the company or anyone working there has anything to do with the consignment.
“However, syndicates often use the addresses of local companies to hoodwink enforcement teams into believing the consignment was not contraband,” he said.
Liah said the suspect, who was self-employed and did not have any previous criminal record, had been remanded until Thursday to assist in the probe.
The case was being investigated under section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction Liah also appealed to members of the public who had information on illicit drug smuggling or other drug-related activities to contact Customs’ toll free line at 1 800 88 8855.
– THE STAR