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Police foil drug smuggling attempt

LABUAN (BERNAMA) – The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Labuan foiled an attempt to smuggle in syabu (crystal methamphetamine) to the duty-free island yesterday.

The MMEA patrol team seized 900 grammes of syabu, worth MYR50,000, that was abandoned in a fibreglass boat after a chase in waters off Menumbok, during operations under ‘Op Sejahtera’, ‘Op Benteng Laut’ and ‘Op Kuda Laut’ at 12.30am.

Labuan MMEA Director Captain Nudin Jusoh, said that the patrol team had detected a fibreglass boat navigating suspiciously from Menumbok to Labuan.

“As soon as the suspect was aware of the presence of the MMEA patrol boat, he sped towards a shallow area, abandoned the boat, and fled towards a nearby mangrove swamp.

“A search on the abandoned boat found a plastic package containing crystal substance, believed to be syabu, that was hidden inside the boat,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Nudin said the total value of the seizure, including the boat, was estimated to be about MYR55,000.

“The boat was towed to the maritime jetty, while the seized drugs were taken to the MMEA office for further investigation,” he said.

He said that the case will be investigated under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.