Malaysian customs seizes drugs hidden in computers

March 17th, 2009 - 2:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Kuala Lumpur, March 17 (DPA) Malaysian customs have foiled an attempt to smuggle in 4 million ringgit ($1.1 million) of the psychotropic drug nimetazepam, better known as Eramin 5, at the cargo area of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, news reports said Tuesday.
Customs officers had become suspicious when a shipment of 10 computer central processing units, or CPUs, arrived from Taiwan weighing 148 kilograms, when the weight of a single unit is normally less than 5 kilograms, said department director general Mohamed Khalid Yusof.

“The officers then opened the package and found about 260,000 Eramin-5 pills stashed inside the CPU shells, which had already been emptied of all electronics,” Mohamed Khalid was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times daily.

The shipment had been addressed to an abandoned snooker centre in Kuala Lumpur. A raid revealed that the premises were empty, he said.

Mohamed Khalid said the seizure was the biggest this year for airport customs.

Last year, the department foiled five attempts to smuggle in Eramin-5 pills with a total worth of about 300,000 ringgit. The total seizures last year were of drugs worth 17.62 million ringgit, the report said.

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