Australian police nab Malaysian in RM431 million heroin bust

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Kuala Lumpur/Melbourne, Oct 17 — The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is working with the authorities in Australia to conduct further investigations on the detention of a Malaysian suspected of smuggling heroin into Australia.

Bukit Aman Narcotics CID director Datuk Razarudin Husain said investigations were being conducted through cooperation between the PDRM’s Narcotics CID and the Australian Federal Police (AFP), saying that actions would be taken by PDRM to ensure drug trafficking is eradicated without compromise.

It was reported that a Malaysian national has been detained by the Australian authorities for attempting to smuggle 450 kilograms of heroin worth RM431.8 million into the country,” he said in a statement.

The Malaysian, who was not named in the statement, was charged at the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on Friday (Oct 15).

He was charged with the import of a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs, namely 450 kg of heroin; and attempted possession of a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.

The maximum penalty is life imprisonment. He was remanded in custody and is due to next appear in court in January of 2022.

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The shipment arrived at the Port of Melbourne on 29 September 2021, where ABF officers examined the container and located packages with distinctive red heroin branding.

Testing on the substance within those packages returned a presumptive result for heroin. AFP investigators assessed a total of 1290 packages containing heroin within the shipment.

AFP Acting Assistant Commissioner Southern Command, Krissy Barrett said the AFP has strong and enduring relationships with its international partners in the fight against drug trafficking.

“We have a strong relationship with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and in particular the PDRM Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department and we will continue to work together in identifying and disrupting transnational organized crime syndicates that seek to harm both our nations and generate millions of dollars of profits from criminal activity,” she said.

On Saturday (Oct 16), the media had reported that the Australian authorities had seized the drug in a series of raids, the largest heroin shipment ever detected in Australia after intercepting the illicit drug inside a container of tiles sent from Malaysia to Melbourne.

NMT

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