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Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) director-general Datuk Zazuli Johan (third from right) and his subordinates displaying the seized ecstasy pills weighing over 1,063kg and worth an estimated RM78 million, which was brought in from Europe via the North Butterworth Container Terminal on May 6, during the press conference in Butterworth, Penang, on May 12, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

Customs seizes ecstasy pills worth over RM78 mln in Penang

BUTTERWORTH, May 12 — The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) seized 1,063.206 kilogrammes (kg) of ecstasy pills worth over RM78 million from a container that was brought in from Europe at the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) here on May 6.

Its director-general Datuk Zazuli Johan said that, based on information and intelligence, his men inspected the container at the NBCT at 9am, and arrested a 48-year-old man, a shipping agent.

“Upon inspection, we found it was filled with 20 silent compressors units, with 14 of them having been modified to stash packages containing ecstasy pills of various colours. The container was brought in from Europe.

“The pills weighed 1,063.206kg and the market value is estimated at over RM78 million. This is the biggest drug seizure this year,” he told a media conference.

Zazuli said investigations are ongoing, including identifying those involved in the large-scale import of the drugs.

The syndicate’s modus operandi was to hide drugs in the compressor units and, upon arrival in Malaysia, the items would be incorrectly declared to deceive the authorities.

“Based on preliminary investigation, through the Customs Form 1, it was found that the contents of the container have yet to be declared,” he said, adding the suspect has been remanded for seven days to assist in investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

— Bernama

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