French customs find record 51kg of crystal meth in breakfast cereal bound for Malaysia

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PARIS: French customs on Friday (Sept 2) announced the seizure of a record 51kg of methamphetamine hidden in a shipment of breakfast cereal.

“The merchandise is estimated to be worth €3.8mil (RM17.4mil) on the illegal retail market,” according to a customs statement.

Customs officers at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport checking cartons containing bags of cereal en route from Cameroon to Malaysia on Tuesday night found them to be “unusually heavy”, the statement said.

They found the crystalline drug, a strong stimulant, in 40 of 70 bags.

Long popular in poorer Asian countries, especially among those who work long hours, methamphetamine now seems to be finding new markets in richer states such as South Korea and Singapore as well as Malaysia.  – AFP

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