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Royal Malaysian Customs Department Director-General Datuk Zazuli Johan (left) speaks during a press conference on 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

Report on Australia drug smuggling case submitted to PM — Customs D-G

BUTTERWORTH, May 12 — The Royal Malaysian Customs Department has submitted to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim its report on the investigation into the seizure of 336 kliogrammes (kg) of heroin with an estimated value of RM789.56 million found in a shipping container from Malaysia to Brisbane on March 13.

Customs Director-General Datuk Zazuli Johan said the report was submitted on May 3.

However, the report is incomplete as the department requires further information from the Australian Border Force (ABF) on the case.

“We are following up on all far there have been no arrests in relation to the case in this country.

“According to information from Australia, the drugs were declared as solar panel accessories in Malaysia and had been brought in from a golden triangle region country, and we are getting the complete information from Australia on the address of the source,” he told a press conference, earlier today.

It was reported the Australian authorities seized 336 kilogrammes (kg) of heroin estimated to be worth AUD268.8 million (RM789.56 million) in a shipping container from Malaysia, after it docked in Brisbane Port on March 13.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) in a statement reportedly said the ABF managed to detect the drugs stashed in two cement concrete blocks, each weighing 500kg.

Following this, Anwar gave a maximum period of two weeks to the Customs Department to submit a full report on the incident.

The Prime Minister said that incident revealed weaknesses in the national security system which needed to be addressed.

— Bernama

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