Friday, September 16, 2011
Congrats to the alert Malaysian Custom authority.
I flew on a Royal Brunei Flight BI 855 on Tuesday, 13th September 2011, departing Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei at 6.20 pm and arriving in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, about 40 minutes later.
Suddenly i could see quite a lot of presence of the Royal Customs officers at the exit of the Kota Kinabalu international airport.
I myself had my baggages checked through a scanning machine.
This was quite unusual for me because this rigorous checkings rarely happened to me.
Of course, i was let go because i didn't bring anything that was against the law.
But reading the news today, now i knew why they checked almost every passengers arriving from Brunei that day.
About 11 hours before my flight, a Kenyan woman travelling from Bandar Seri Begawan was caught with a large quantity of drugs.
Newsreports said the Kenyan woman tried to smuggle in about 5 kg of syabu drugs worth about RM 1.3 million.
She was promptly arrested on the spot at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA), on Tuesday, 13 September 2011.
Customs Deputy Director (Enforcement and Compliance), Hamzah Sundang, said the seizure was the biggest this year in Sabah.
The 31-year-old suspect who arrived here from Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam at 8.30am is believed to be a drug mule linked to an international drug trafficking syndicate.
Investigations revealed that she left Ethiopia on Sept. 5 and passed through Dubai before getting to Bandar Seri Begawan on Sept. 12 and KKIA the next day.
"The arrest of the suspect, a student of the Kenya Institute of Management, was made after our officers detected suspicious objects inside the two bags that went through our scanning machine at KKIA.
"Upon checking, our officers discovered the two bags had been modified with two big plastic packets containing the syabu which had been wrapped in aluminum foils found hidden in the bottom of one big bag covered by small wooden planks.
"Another two big plastic packets were found on the wall of the backpack which had been sewn and covered by layers of plastic," he told a press conference at Wisma Kastam, on Wednesday, 14th September 2011.
Hamzah said the Customs officers also seized various foreign currencies, namely, 36,000 Francs, B$87 (RM217.50), USD900 (RM2,700) and Kenyan currency amounting to 1,800 Banki Kuuga (RM58.53) during the inspection.
The suspect, who was also a part-time salesgirl, was remanded for a week to facilitate investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which provides for the death penalty.
On July 31, 2011, the same department confiscated 5.8kg of Ketamine worth about RM600,000 and arrested a man from the peninsula.
All the best to our Royal Malaysian Customs Department.