Nigerian dies in Malaysia drug raid

2011-06-09 10:04

Kuala Lumpur - A Nigerian student has died during a drug raid in Malaysia and four others were arrested, police said on Thursday, adding that west Africans seem to be replacing Iranians in the illicit trade.

Police seized several kilogrammes of heroin and methamphetamine worth a total of 600 000 ringgit ($200 000) in a raid on a flat in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, said Othman Harun, deputy director of the Federal Narcotics Department.

They also arrested four Nigerians in their 20s, while a fifth man tried to run away and when caught collapsed with breathing difficulties and died.

Othman said police were still awaiting a report on the cause of death but believe the Nigerian could have swallowed heroin capsules to smuggle them abroad.

The grade-four heroin that was seized from the apartment is not commonly used in Malaysia but destined for such countries as Australia, Othman said.

Othman said police had arrested 19 Nigerians from January to April, mainly in Kuala Lumpur and at the international airport.

"This number is considered very high," he told AFP. "In the last few weeks, there is an increase in Western Africans, especially Nigerians, bringing in methamphetamine."

Three more Nigerians have been arrested in separate cases since Friday at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport when methamphetamine was found hidden in their bags.

Previously others had allegedly hidden drugs in cassavas and sweet potatoes, Othman said.

All suspects held in custody face hanging if convicted of drug trafficking, which carries a mandatory death penalty in Malaysia.

Othman said police believed the Nigerians were filling a vacuum left after the arrest of several Iranian alleged drug syndicate masterminds.

"When there is a vacuum, West Africans step in on this activity," he said.

He said that police had arrested 44 Iranians for drug trafficking in the first four months of the year, and several more in May.

  • daboss247365 - 2011-06-09 10:22

    Ah... Nigerians... Born corrupted & spreading their vile ways across the globe. Well, for once at leas they managed to ply their deeds outside of South Africa, their preffered nesting ground.

      Edozie - 2011-06-10 09:26

      @DABOSS247365, we are all aware that our South African brothers are very brave folks. Probably, it took them over a century to dismantled the obnoxious apathied regime. Where the South Africans failed, Nigerians succeeded greatly in those areas. It is all about envy. A nation of rapists should kept mute when Nigerians are talking

  • tommy 2 - 2011-06-09 11:16

    I say we send these root eating idiots back to they land...... We should start the clean up in all major cities........

      chi chi - 2011-06-09 15:28

      have u ever travel to other countries? u look like idiots

      William - 2011-10-02 16:36

      shut up big fool what do you know apart from eating drinking,how many countries have you been do you know what it takes to be in a foreign land?good for nothing fools

  • Jeff - 2011-06-09 11:36

    All drug crimes carry mandatory death penalty in Malaysia, so being shot during arrest is just early sentencing...

      Dante - 2011-06-10 10:05

      I agree... it save time and paperwork (and money)

  • chi chi - 2011-06-09 15:31

    people must leave Nigerians alone

      JustinD - 2011-06-09 16:17

      You Nigerians are the scum of the earth.

  • Eric - 2011-06-10 09:43

    @ Edozie / chi chi - Then Nigerians should take their business elsewhere; stop selling drugs in South Africa. Then there will be reason to leave you alone. Funny ‘a nation of rapists'. When you sell hard drugs to children, then the Nigerians look more like a nation of rapists. If you corrupt the innocent, it makes little difference if you do it for profit or pleasure.

  • olunloyo - 2011-10-15 12:35

    I can see the bias in everyone's comment. Look at what the statistics in the report above says; "Othman said police had arrested '19' Nigerians from January to April, mainly in Kuala Lumpur and at the international airport. - He said that police had arrested '44' Iranians for drug trafficking in the first four months of the year, and several more in May. Drug Trafficking is a global issue and we must together fight it. We need to make more intellectual comments to move our societies ahead.

  • Frederick - 2011-12-09 06:56

    as far as am concerned,every country has its own share of crminality,malaysians abroad also engage in crinnal activities even worse than africans,interally it is even worse but the local media will not broadcast it on the english channel...If malaysia feel only africans ae crminals and their society is full of "holy" people then they should not have had a police force in the first place...they should stop tis persecution and handle individual cases as they arise...Fred,KL

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