Malaysia makes record drugs bust, with 16 tons of pills seized


dpa/GNA – Malaysian customs officials said on Tuesday they had seized 16 tons of pills worth more than 1 billion dollars at the country’s main port, in what they said was the country’s biggest-ever drugs haul.

In a statement, the Royal Malaysian Customs Department said it last week “found an estimated 94.8 million Captagon pills suspected of containing amphetamine-type drugs with a rough weight of 16 tons and estimated to be worth 5.2 billion ringgit (1.26 billion dollars).”

The customs department said the haul is “the largest drug seizure ever recorded so far.”

The drugs were being shipped from the Middle East to East Asia, a according to the department’s director general, Abdul Latif Abdul Kadir.

No arrests have been made, Latif said. Drugs traffickers can face the death penalty in Malaysia.

The drugs were found inside shipping containers at Port Klang, Malaysia’s biggest port and the world’s 12th-busiest in 2019, according to IHS Markit data.

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