The South Klang District Police Headquarters in Selangor, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

A 33-year-old Indonesian man was arrested at a hotel in Malaysia during a police raid last week after more than 8 kilograms of ecstasy was recovered from the unit where he was staying.

A team of narcotics officers from the South Klang District Police raided the man’s room in a hotel in Port Klang on the morning of April 24. They said the suspect had entered the country with a social visit pass valid for seven days, the Nanyang Siang Pau (Malaysia) reported.

A total of 8.2 kilograms of methamphetamine, worth an estimated 576,000 ringgit (nearly US$140,000), was found in eight packets of Chinese tea. Some 300 ringgit (US$73) in cash was also seized at the scene.

Preliminary inquiries suggested that the man was seeking to smuggle the drugs back to his home country, which was believed to be the final destination for distribution given that the price of meth was three times higher in Indonesia compared to the price in Malaysia, which is often used as a transit point by drug smugglers.

However, the authorities were still investigating the source of the drug, as it was still uncertain if the meth was purchased from a local or an international syndicate.

In addition, the suspect also tested positive for the drug and has been remanded in custody till April 30 (Tuesday) to allow investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

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