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Drugs worth $161 million seized in Malaysia's biggest haul

  • Published at 03:10 pm August 23rd, 2019
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This handout from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board taken on August 19, 2019 and released on August 21, 2019 shows capsules of cocaine found in the possession of Kenyan national Glenn Chibasellow Ooko at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok AFP

Malaysia is a key transit point for illegal narcotics, with authorities seizing record amounts of crystal methamphetamine in the past year

Malaysian authorities on Friday said they had seized nearly 3.7 tons of ketamine and cocaine worth about $161 million in the country's biggest drugs haul to date.

Malaysia is a key transit point for illegal narcotics, with authorities seizing record amounts of crystal methamphetamine in the past year.

About 467 kg of ketamine stored in sacks were found at a shophouse in Puncak Alam, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, during a joint raid by customs and police on August 18, Customs director general Paddy Abdul Halim told reporters.

The discovery was followed by the arrest and interrogation of suspects who then led the team to another shop, where 3.2 tons of cocaine was found.

The ketamine was believed to have been shipped to Malaysia from Pakistan, while the cocaine originated from Ecuador, Paddy said.

"Initial investigations show that the suspected drugs were meant for export to a third country," he said.

The drugs confiscated were estimated to be worth about $161.41 million, he said.

Authorities detained four Malaysians and nine foreigners during the operation.