Last Saturday (16 Oct), Australian Federal Police (AFP) said that they seized the largest heroin shipment ever detected in the country, worth an estimated RM431 million and arrested a Malaysian national over the importation of the illicit drug.
The 450kg shipment (as heavy as a grand piano) was detected in a sea freight container of ceramic tiles sent from Malaysia and addressed to a Melbourne business, the police said in a statement.
According to NST, Malaysian police will be working with their counterparts from the AFP for a further investigation for now.
Federal police Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (AADK) director Datuk Razarudin Husain said all necessary action would be taken to ensure drugs distribution and smuggling activities are eliminated without compromise.
“We will continue to do the needful to ensure that drug distribution and smuggling activities are combated without compromise.
“We are working together with the AFP in conducting further investigations into this case,” he said in a statement yesterday (17 Oct).
The unknown Malaysian man has since been arrested and charged following the joint AFP and Australian Border Force operation.
He was charged with importing a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs and attempted possession of a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment.
The Australian police, however, did not name the Malaysian national, as it is a common practice in Australia unless it is deemed to have an interest in the victim’s family or the community.
AFP also noted that the blocking of the heroin helped save 225 lives based on the police’s estimate that there is one death in the Australian community for approximately every 2kg of heroin consumed.