BUTTERWORTH, Dec 30 — Penang Customs Department foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs using courier service and seized 18kg of methamphetamine worth RM1.8 million found hidden in children bicycle tires in a raid on the courier company at Raja Uda Business Centre here on Dec 22.
Penang Customs director Abdul Halim Ramli said acting on intelligence findings, a team from the department’s narcotics unit raided the courier company at 6 pm and seized 10 boxes containing children’s bicycle frames and tires.
“Upon search, the team found a total of 104 packets of methamphetamine hidden in the bicycle tires in the 10 boxes. The drugs, weighing 18kg, are estimated to be worth RM1.8 million,” he told a press conference here.
He said further investigations were being done to identify the sender, which is a bicycle seller in Penang, and the recipient, whose address is in an Oceanian country.
“We believe the drugs were meant to be smuggled out of the country and the drug syndicate had used the courier service as a tactic to fool the authorities,” he said.
Abdul Halim said no arrests were made so far.
“The public with information on such a syndicate or activity are urged to channel the information to the authority so that it can be curbed,” he said, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 39 B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.