The student who hid the drugs in an Air conditioning unit now faces capital punishment, as Malaysia has a history of executing convicted drug dealers.
The drugs, smuggled from China via courier service, was meant for distribution to the local addict population. Following a police raid at a house in Bukit Mahkota Cheras, the parcels of drugs were found hidden in a portable air-conditioning to prevent detection by the authorities.
"We have arrested the 27-year-old man and seized 21 packets of drugs believed to be syabu," A police spokesperson told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.
"The drugs, weighing about 20.8kg, were stashed in a hidden compartment in the machines. Initial investigations revealed the suspect had brought the drug into the country from China, using a courier service company,"
"The suspect had just started trafficking in drugs in Malaysia about nine months ago and we are still tracking down the remaining members of the syndicate. The drug can meet the demand of 35,000 addicts for a month," he said.
The culprit is being held under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.