JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) foiled an attempt to smuggle in 1.2kg of drugs, believed to be syabu, worth RM600,000 using a fiberglass boat, in Tanjung Tohor waters, near Batu Pahat two days ago.
Batu Pahat Maritime Base enforcement chief Lt Commander Iskandar Ishak said the boat, believed to from a neighbouring country, was discovered at about 5.30am near the Sungai Pulai coast following a report from the public.
"The boat skipper jumped into the sea and swam to the mangrove swamp nearby as soon as he realised the presence of the authorities. He could not be tracked down due to the darkness," he said in a statement.
Lt Cdr Iskandar said MMEA personnel discovered a four-wheel-drive tyre in the boat in which packets the drugs were hidden.
He said the boat, measuring four metres long with a 40 horse-power Mercury engine, together with the drugs seized would be taken to the MMEA Batu Pahat Base for further action.