A Pakistani man was stopped by customs officers at Kota Kinabalu International Airport on November 25, 2012. The Pakistani resident was trying to bring illegal methamphetamine into the state.

This has been the second drug smuggling case at the airport in 2012. The first incident occurred just a week ago, when a suspected drug mule from the peninsula was arrested for smuggling syabu worth RM 1 million.

Janathan Kandok, the state customs officer said that officials detained the 35-year-old Pakistani man, who was a textile merchant in Papar. The man was detained at around 7:30 pm after he arrived from Brunei Darulssalam.

Kandok said, “Upon inspection, the team found two sugar packets containing syabu weighing 1.5 Kg, with an estimated value of RM 400,000.” The customs officer also said that the suspect has been living in the state since 2002 and had also married a local. He added that the man often flew out of the state to get textile stock. On the basis of the investigation Janathan confirmed that the suspect was not a drug mule, but a drug trafficker. The officer also said that the case will be investigated under section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act, which also carries the death penalty on conviction.