A Zambian woman was yesterday detained for trying to smuggle 2kg syabu worth RM500,000 at Penang International Airport.
Syabu (also called “ice”, “speed”, “crystal”, “glass”, “meth” or “blue diamond” on the streets) is the colloquial name for the psycho-stimulant drug called Amphetamine.
Penang customs director Datuk Matrang Suhaili said the woman in her 30s was detained in a surprise raid at the airport at 7.30pm.
“A check on one of three luggage belonging to the woman led to discovery of two plastic packets of syabu or ice hidden in two secret compartments,” he told reporters here, today.
Matrang said the woman took a flight from Johannesburg to Hong Kong on Tuesday before taking another flight to Malaysia.
“The syabu is believed meant for distribution in the Penang market,” he added.
The woman, a hairdresser back home, is believed to be an agent for an international drug trafficking syndicate.
She was detained 10 days for trafficking under Section 39B of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
Having possession and trafficking of syabu is illegal in Malaysia under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. If you’re an addict, possessing just about 61.8g (3 tablespoons) of syabu can get you sentenced to 15 years jail and 10 strokes of the rotan. If you’re a trafficker, you could be sentenced to death by hanging.