Sarawakian women, caught as drug mules. Again!

Posted on May 30, 2012

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It’s sad to hear that Sarawakian women are once again cast in the spotlight when two women were caught for suspicion of trafficking drugs.

According to the BERNAMA news report below, the two, suspected to be drug mules deployed by an international trafficking syndicate, were detained in connection with the seizure of 11.146kg of syabu at Bukit Kayu Hitam -Kedah’s main border town on the Malaysia-Thailand Border.

In other words, Sarawakian women drug mules are back in the news.

The most famous case so far has been Beatrice Laus Johie, a nursing student, who carried 1.5kg of heroin in her luggage into Melbourne in November last year.

Then on Christmas day last year, another Sarawakian woman, another nursing student, tried  to smuggle drugs into Perth by swallowing 50 pills that could have contained heroin or methamphetamine.

Blogger Parochial Sarawakian has a good posting about that case here.

Sad news definitely, but hopefully we won’t hear more of such cases.

 

How BERNAMA (through online news portal MYsinchew.com) posted it:

Two suspected drug mules nabbed, 11kg syabu seized

2012-05-30 15:59

BUKIT KAYU HITAM, May 30 (Bernama) — Two Malaysian women, suspected to be drug mules deployed by an international trafficking syndicate, were detained in connection with the seizure of 11.146kg of syabu here yesterday.

The drug was worth about RM3 million at street value.

The suspects, from Kuching, Sarawak, were nabbed by a team of customs enforcement officers at the Immigration, Customs and Quarantine (ICQ) Complex upon arrival in a bus from Thailand.

The suspects, who were rounded up between 12.10 and 12.45pm, were aged 24 and 26.

Initial investigations have revealed the women had made several overseas trips, including Bangkok. Their recent trip to Bangok was on May 26, when they took a flight from the KL International Airport.

Kedah customs department director Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Latif said the suspects were remanded for seven days to facilitate investigations under 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

Based on their modus operandi, he said the suspected drug mules were believed to have worked for the same international drug syndicate as they had set beside each other in a bus from Bangkok to Hatyai.

Subsequently, the women took another bus together, enroute to Kuala Lumpur, before they were arrested, he said.

Abdul Aziz said customs enforcement officers became suspicious upon noticing a woman in possession of a big bag while conducting inspection at the ICQ’s bus and pedestrian unit at 11.55am.

Subsequently, a team of enforcement officers seized three packets containing white crystalline powder believed to be syabu and weighing 5.5kg from the bag.

They also seized 5.646kg of syabu from another bag, suspected to belong to the other woman.

http://www.mysinchew.com/node/73935

Posted in: Sarawak, Security