Malaysian police stop attempt to smuggle 12 tonnes of cocaine

GEORGE TOWN (Bernama) – Police crippled an international drug smuggling syndicate by seizing 60 tonnes of charcoal containing about 12 tonnes of cocaine worth RM2.4 billion at the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) on September 10.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said the syndicate which brought the drugs from South America in three containers which had 60 sacks of charcoal was crippled in the Op Eagle operations conducted in Butterworth and Bayan Baru, and Padang Serai, Kedah, on September 10.

“The syndicate used Malaysia as a transit before the drugs are sent to other countries,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

Abdul Hamid said the syndicate tried to throw the authorities off with a new modus operandi where the drugs were mixed with charcoal to make it difficult to be tracked down using current technology and methods.

“However, with the hard work of the members of the Chemistry Department, we were able to uncover the cocaine. This is the biggest drug haul in the country,” he said.