MALAYSIAN authorities have intercepted a 22-year-old drug trafficker who attempted to transport 3.6kg of cocaine disguised as chocolates, with an estimated street value of MYR1 million (US$232,000).
The man was detained by Malaysia’s Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING) last Friday night and if convicted faces the mandatory death penalty, reported The Malay Mail Online. It is thought he is a member of a Nigerian drug trafficking syndicate and was attempting to take the drugs to Africa.
Nine people were executed in Malaysia for drugs crimes last year, with a further three South Africans found guilty of drug trafficking last month.
“The cocaine was in the form of what appeared to be oval-shaped sweets and were kept in six sweet jars to dupe the authorities at the KLIA. We also seized several currencies amounting to RM1,500,” said commander Arjunaidi Mohamed from STING.
“The suspect has been remanded for seven days until this Friday, and is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.”
While this is the first bust of its kind this year, Malaysian authorities have had a lot of recent success in catching traffickers of exotic animals through the country. In April and May alone, they seized millions of dollars’ worth of rare live tortoises, pangolin scales and rhino horns.
The drug mule was transporting the product as “there is no market for cocaine in Malaysia,” said Arjunaidi.
“In 2015 and 2016, at least 6.7kg and 9.23kg were seized respectively.”