Malaysia seizes over 26 million USD worth of crystal meth hinh anh 1MMEA officers show the drugs recently seized off Penang Island (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – More than two tonnes of crystal methamphetamine worth 26.2 million USD was recently seized from a boat off Malaysia’s west coast, the largest-ever haul of the drug in the country, Malaysia’s maritime agency said on December 13.

Director-General of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Mohamad Zubil Mat Som said that the move came on December 9, when an MMEA patrol encountered a recreational boat moving suspiciously off Penang Island.

Officials inspecting the boat found 130 sacks containing 2.12 tonnes of crystal meth disguised as packets of tea. The boat’s lone occupant, a 26-year-old Malaysian man, was arrested.

The origin and destination of the drugs are still under investigation. 

The official said the tea packaging was similar to that found in previous shipments suspected to have come from Myanmar.

Malaysia has made several record busts of crystal meth in recent years. Authorities have said the intercepted shipments were part of a multibillion-dollar illicit drug trade that stretches across Australia, Southeast Asia and China./.