By Emma Victoria
A 27-year-old woman was nabbed at Kuching airport with 18.2kg of ganja in a luggage bag she was carrying, the biggest haul in Sarawak so far this year.
Sarawak Customs Department director Herman Shah Abdullah said the luggage was scanned by the Special Passenger Inspection Unit (SPIU) and they detected the drugs packed in 18 packets, sealed in gift wrapper and carbon paper.
“Initial investigations found the woman had flown to the Peninsula on Apr 22 to visit her mother, who was receiving treatment at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur,” Herman Shah told a press conference here yesterday, NST reported.
“When she was there, she claimed a friend asked her for a favour to bring along a luggage to Kuching with the promise of a job opportunity in a company in Serian once she completed her quarantine period,” he said.
The woman, who worked as part-time insurance agent, was subsequently detained at the Kuching International Airport at about 3.25pm upon her arrival from Kuala Lumpur on April 28.
The drugs are estimated to have a street value of RM45,660.
He said the woman has been remanded for seven days beginning last Thursday (Apr 29) to assist in investigations under Section 39B of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.
In a separate case, the SPIU found 19 transparent packets of ganja worth RM46,730 in another luggage at 1.45pm on Saturday. The unclaimed luggage had arrived from Kuala Lumpur on Apr 2.
“We believe it was deliberately abandoned after learning about stringent checks by the authorities at the airport’s entry points.
“We are also investigating if there are is connection between these two cases,” he said, adding the Customs Department was tracing the owner of the luggage and believe they will make an arrest soon.