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Malaysia seizes methamphetamine disguised as tea

14 july 2013, 11:00
©REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
©REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
Malaysian authorities have seized nearly 50 kilograms (around 100 pounds) of methamphetamine disguised as Chinese tea at Kuala Lumpur's main airport, AFP reports citing police.

Anti-narcotics agents arrested two ethnic Chinese Malaysians at the airport on Wednesday and later intercepted 12.7 kilos of the drug, police said in a statement late Friday.

"Police found a bag left in front of a shop in KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) that contained 12 plastic packages labelled 'Guanyingwang Refined Chinese Tea'," police said.

It added that two bags of unclaimed luggage were seized the following day that contained a further 34.5 kilos of the drug and similarly labelled.

The total value of the seizure was put at around $2.7 million.

The two men, aged 36 and 66, were still being held by police.

In Malaysia, the death penalty is mandatory for convicted drug traffickers.

Reports quoted Federal Narcotics Crime Investigation chief Noor Rashid Ibrahim as saying the drugs were brought in from Myanmar.

According to The Star newspaper, Noor Rashid said only part of the consignment was meant for sale in Malaysia while the rest was destined for other markets, without elaborating.

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