The Malaysian news agency Bernama yesterday reported that a container from Guyana was intercepted with cocaine in coconut milk and that a Nigerian drug syndicate is believed to be behind it.
Bernama reported that Bukit Aman Narcotics CID director Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the tactic was foiled by the Selangor Customs Department after detaining the ship carrying a container cargo in which a section contained drugs worth RM22 million.
When contacted yesterday local crime chief Seelall Persaud said that the Guyana Police Force has not been formally informed about the bust. Persaud was aware of the bust.
He said the only way that local police would be involved in such an investigation is if it is established that the drugs originated from Guyana. Ibrahim was quoted as saying that “based on information from United States Drug Enforcement Administration (US DEA), the ship which arrived on Monday (Nov 12) at Port Klang was filled with 980 cartons of cans containing coconut milk and pieces of pineapple. Sixteen cartons comprising 384 cans of coconut milk were identified as mixtures with 400 grammes of cocaine in each can by the Chemistry Department.”
He said the container which originated from Guyana was to be sent to Mozambique with South Africa as a transit point to transfer the container into another ship.
Over the years drugs originating from Guyana have been hidden in ingenious ways, inclusive of in timber, cabbages, fruits and pepper sauce.