Bandar Seri Begawaan - The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) with the Royal Customs and Excise Department last Wednesday seized around four kilos of drugs believed to be "Syabu" or methamphetamine which is believed to be worth around BND2.9 million in the black market when a Kenyan woman on transit was stopped for inspection at the Brunei International Airport.
The 38-year-old foreign national was transiting from Singapore and was stopped after authorities found something amiss.
An X-ray scan on her backpack followed by a further search by enforcement personnel unearthed methamphetamine hidden inside the lining of the backpack.
The seizure of the drugs around four kilos were worth around BND2.9 million in the black market.
The suspect was apprehended and remanded for further investigation.
This was the fourth case of smuggling illicit drugs by international syndicates using Brunei as a transit point, which was busted by the Narcotics Control Bureau.
In an effort to make sure Brunei is not a transit point for drugs by international syndicates, the NCB has placed permanent staff at all exit and entry points of the country such as airport, ferry terminals, control posts across the border as well as continuing observation and surveillance done within the country.
The NCB will also continue to work with various enforcement agencies to curb the smuggling of drugs into the country.
The NCB also expressed their gratitude to the relevant enforcement agencies that are involved in the successful capture of the suspect.
Any information relating to misuse of drugs, members of the public can contact the Narcotics Control Bureau by calling 2448877 (office hours) and hotline 8777444.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin