Indian nabbed with dope-in-soap at Malaysian airport

February 1st, 2009 - 12:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Butterworth (Malaysia), Feb 1 (IANS) An Indian has been arrested by Malaysian Customs officials after they found contraband in the soap bars he was carrying, media reports said Sunday.Customs officials believe they have severed an international drug pipeline from Mumbai that was using the Bayan Lepas International airport here as the doorway to Malaysia with the seizure of 7.5 kg of ketamine hidden in 147 soap bars, The Star said.

Penang State Customs deputy director Chik Omar Chik Lim said they detained an Indian national in his 40s with the drugs hidden in soap bars that were first hollowed out, filled with the drugs and re-packaged.

The incident has resulted in “extra alert for Indian travellers”, the newspaper said quoting officials.

The Indian, who was not named, had earlier worked in Penang for two years and had returned to Mumbai on expiry of his work permit.

The authorities expressed “surprise” that he had brought the contraband consignment for the consideration of RM 500 ($165 approximately).

Lim said: “The suspect, who arrived from Bangkok, was nabbed upon arrival at the airport last Thursday. He had 147 bars of soap kept in his two bags. We used the scanner at the airport to check the items and found something irregular about the soap bars. Further checks on the bars revealed they were filled with a white substance which we believe are drugs.”

“The suspect has been remanded for a week to enable us and the police to determine the extent of his drug networking here,” Lim said.

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