Man arrested trying to claim more than US$87k worth of drugs at Malaysian post office
Police say more than 10,000 ecstasy pills were hidden in luggage sent from the Netherlands
By Avila Geraldine
A man was arrested when he went to the Kota Kinabalu Pos Malaysia headquarters to pick up a parcel containing a whopping RM356,860 (US$87,866) worth of ecstasy pills.
The parcel, delivered from the Netherlands, came in the form of a piece of luggage in which more than 10,000 ecstasy pills were hidden.
State Customs Department director Datuk Hamzah Sundang said the drugs were discovered when enforcement officers conducted a scan on the baggage.
“We detected suspicious images upon scanning the baggage. Upon further inspection, two packages of drugs weighing 4kg were found hidden in a secret compartment among the clothes.
“There were 10,196 ecstasy pills worth RM356,860. Based on the parcel, we believe it was sent from the Netherlands and was to be delivered to (the city of) Sandakan.”
Parcels would usually be delivered to the post office headquarters for scanning before they are delivered to their destination.
The man, 54, was arrested by Customs enforcement officers when he went to collect the parcel.