Customs officers have arrested an African woman at the Kualar Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) who attempted to smuggle cocaine worth RM622,000 into the country. The woman was arrested at the departure hall on February 14 at 9.30am.
KLIA Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim (pictured showing small chunks of cocaine hidden in chocolate packaging) said the 28-year-old woman was detained after Customs detected a suspicious item when scanning her luggage.
“The arrest was made when the woman was waiting for her flight to Kota Baru. Our investigations showed that the suspect arrived here from Dubai on the same day at 7.30am via MH163. We found 166 chunks of substance hidden in a box of chocolate cans, which tested positive as cocaine weighing 3.11kg worth RM622,000,” he said at a press conference, February 17.”
Chik Omar said the woman, who was unemployed was on her maiden visit to Malaysia.
“She claimed she was going on a holiday in Kota Baru but we suspect she wanted to hand over the cocaine to a drug trafficking syndicate there,” he said.
The woman had been remanded for seven days for investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Act. The legistration provides for the death sentence upon conviction.
“The arrest and seizure was the outcome of intelligence and monitoring work and sharing of information with authorities in other countries.” he added.
“She claimed she going on a holiday in Kota Baru but we suspect she wanted to hand over the cocaine to a drug trafficking syndicate there,” he said.