That’s 450kg of heroin worth RM431.8 million hidden in ceramic tile sets.
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Malaysians breaking records is often a proud occasion for the nation. But not this time.
On Saturday (16 October) Australian police reported that they have arrested a Malaysian national over the importation of the largest heroin shipment ever detected in the country.
The shipment was said to have been detected in a sea freight container from Malaysia. Officially it was supposed to be filled with sets of tiles and was set to be sent to a business in Melbourne, said the police.
What they found was 450kg of heroin that has an estimated value of RM432.8 million. That is a lot of dope!
Because the man was charged in Australia, he was charged with importing and attempted possession of a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.
If found guilty the maximum penalty is life imprisonment, added the police.
However, if he was caught in Malaysia, he would have gotten capital punishment.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Southern Command, Krissy Barrett said that the Australian Federal Police was working with the Royal Malaysia Police on this case, reported Malay Mail.
According to police statistics, there is one death in Australia for every 2kg of heroin consumed. So this seizure of 450kg of the illicit drug, probably saved around 225 lives.