RM2.5m syabu smuggling  attempt foiled in Tawau 
Published on: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
By: Christy Chok
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TAWAU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) here foiled an attempt to smuggle 17kg of syabu worth about RM2.5 million to a neighbouring country at Batu Payung beach, near here, on Saturday.

It was the agency’s first success against a drug-related case since its inception in 2005.

MMEA Tawau Zone Director, Captain Siva Kumar Vengadasalam, said a maritime patrol team detected a suspicious speedboat about 2.6 nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Batu Tinagat heading towards the Batu Payung beach, at about 8.45pm, during “Ops Pluto Timur.” 

The team silently followed for about five minutes before the speedboat skipper realised they had a tail and immediately sped towards the open sea.

The MMEA officers could not see clearly the number of people on the speedboat because of darkness but they saw two suspicious men on the beach.

“When we approached them, the two men ran away and left a yellow parcel on the beach,” Siva told a press conference Monday. 

“We found 17 black packets containing syabu from the parcel which we suspect the men were attempting to smuggle to a neighbouring country,” he said. 

The drugs, which were found inside Chinese tea packages, were taken to the Tawau MMEA office for further investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.


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