JOHOR BAHRU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Johor seized drugs believed to be syabu worth RM200,000 hidden in an oil barrel on a wooden boat in the waters of Pulau Merambong near Pontian yesterday.
Johor MMEA director First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the seizure was made after a patrol boat spotted the boat 0.4 nautical miles southwest of the island driven by an individual in a suspicious manner at 3am.
However, he said the individual involved accelerated to a shallow area as soon as he realised he was approached by a patrol boat, and then fled to a nearby mangrove swamp.
“The abandoned boat was searched and we found four plastic packages containing crystal powder believed to be syabu weighing four kg in an oil barrel, with each package estimated to weigh one kg,“ he said in a statement here today.
He said the wooden boat without a registration number and using a 15 horsepower Suzuki outboard engine was towed to the Sungai Pulai Maritime Jetty, while the drugs were taken to the Johor Maritime Headquarters for further action, with the case investigated under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
Nurul Hizam said the MMEA took enforcement operations at sea seriously, and would not hesitate to take stricter action against those who tried to commit criminal activities along the Malaysian Maritime Zone.
The public is also urged to cooperate and report any criminal activites in Johor waters by contacting the Johor Maritime Operations Center at 07-219 9404 or the MERS 999 emergency hotline. — Bernama