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Casanovas entice Malaysian women into crime: reports

NARCOTICS Suave men from Nigeria and Iran sweep young women off their feet before asking them to deliver parcels to their `friends,' police said

AP , KUALA LUMPUR

Two Iranians and a Nigerian have been employed as Casanovas by an international drug syndicate to entice Malaysian women into smuggling drugs abroad, reports said yesterday.

Nineteen Malaysian women have been arrested this year in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and China for drug trafficking, up from two last year, the New Straits Times newspaper said.

They were believed to be victims of the Casanovas, aged between 30 and 35, who had swept the women off their feet by showering them with expensive gifts, lavish dinners and shopping sprees before sending them on all-expense-paid holidays overseas, the Star said.

Federal narcotics department chief Bakri Zinin was quoted by the Star as saying the women, in their 20s, were given pocket money and sent to South America to meet a "friend" of the men.

"The women would go to Argentina, Brazil or Peru where the friend -- a drug syndicate member based there -- would instruct them to deliver a bag to another 'friend' in Madrid, Spain. The bag would contain drugs meant for distribution in the European market," he said in the report.

Bakri said police believed the three men had also sent a 21-year-old Malaysian woman to Trinidad and Tobago, where she was arrested on June 13 with more than 2kg of cocaine.

The Star said in Malaysia, police had arrested nine foreigners, including a woman, for drug trafficking this year.

A 42-year-old Singaporean was recently arrested at the international airport after police found 57,600 ecstasy pills worth half a million ringgit (US$142,857) hidden inside potato chips wrappings in his bag, Bakri said in the report.

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