Delaying setting sail for a week resulted in the arrests of 5 Indonesian sailors and the seizure of RM3.1 million worth of drugs from the boat they were in during a raid on Tuesday.
Customs Department Penang branch director Datuk Mohd Pudzi Man said the authorities suspected something amiss when the boat failed to set off for Acheh, Indonesia, despite given clearance on Sept 1.
He said a raid was conducted resulting in the discovery of 22.07kg of drugs, believed to be meth and ecstasy, a pistol and 31 bullets during the 5pm operation.
He added the drugs in 19 packages and the weapons were found concealed in the wall of the boat.
He said the 5 sailors, aged 30 to 54, were arrested on the spot and have been remanded for 14 days to assist investigations.
Initial checks showed the boat entered Malaysia 4 times this year and carried used items for trade, he added.
"We believe the drugs are meant for Indonesia," he told a press conference today, adding the case was being investigated under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the death penalty on conviction.
Source: The Sun Daily, September 10, 2015
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