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Natasha Joibi
Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

Crime

Iranian nabbed at airport with 9.85kg of meth

The Star/ANN | Natasha Joibi | Thursday, Aug 7, 2014

Disguised drugs: Chik Omar (centre) flanked by enforcement chief Zahari Abdullah (left) and Customs Superintendent Muhammad Farhan Izhar showing the drugs that were confiscated by the task force.

SEPANG - A 27-year-old muscular Iranian salesman thought he could get past airport security by storing 9.85kg of methamphetamine in three whey protein containers, disguised as fitness supplement.

However, enforcement officers proved too good for the foreigner when they found the drugs stashed in the containers on Aug 2, said Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim.

"His suspicious demeanour led our officers to inspect him."

"They found the drugs hidden in the tightly shut containers and arrested him," he said.

Chik Omar added that the salesman's travel documents showed it was his fifth time in the country.

"He had just arrived from Doha, Qatar, when he was arrested.

"We are still establishing whether this was his first attempt at smuggling drugs," he said.

Chik Omar explained that the Iranian was among three foreigners nabbed in separate occasions since July for drug smuggling offences.

The three arrests resulted in the seizure of a total of 15.56kg of drugs worth nearly RM3 million.

Last month, cops nabbed another foreigner on suspicion of smuggling in methamphetamine.

Chik Omar said a 34-year-old Nigerian man was arrested at 11.40pm on July 20 for attempting to smuggle in 2.75kg of methamphetamine worth RM522,500 (S$204,046) from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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