17th August, 2012
KOTA KINABALU: The Marine Operations Force (MOF) in Tawau have foiled an attempt by an Indonesian man to smuggle in RM960,000 worth of syabu through the waters of Tawau to Pulau Sebatik yesterday afternoon.
Upon inspection, the officers found three packages wrapped neatly with paper containing the drugs, kept in a sling bag.
State Police Commissioner, Datuk Hamza Taib said that further inspections revealed a total of 60 smaller translucent packets wrapped in the three packages, containing a fine white powdery substance believed to be syabu.
He said that the drugs weighing 3.14 kg carries an estimated street value of RM960,000.
“A 20 year old Indonesian man was arrested along the shores of Tawau, about 50 metres from the beach who is believed to have entered the country with a cross-border pass.
“This is also the biggest bust we have which involved syabu this year,” he said during a press conference at the city police headquarters in Karamunsing yesterday.
Hamza said that the bust is a great achievement that the police should be proud of because for the first time, the MOF was able to cripple a smuggling attempt of this scale.
He added that the case would be investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the death penalty.
“Investigations are still ongoing and we are determined to find out the source of the drugs.
“This year, we have seized a total of 4,344.26 grammes of syabu through 21 cases and made 51 arrests but that does not include the Tawau case,” he said.