A man on board a Malaysia Airlines commercial flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Melbourne, Australia, has been arrested at the Melbourne International Airport (MEL) for allegedly smuggling 3.5 kg of heroin worth US$1.03 million. The incident took place in May 13, 2018, and now, Malaysia Airlines has finally confirmed the suspect was part of its cabin crew.

It was previously reported by Australian news portal the Herald Sun that a Malaysia Airlines crew member has been caught for allegedly smuggling US$1.03 million (A$1.4 million) worth of heroin into Australia. The airline employee allegedly had 3.5kg of heroin on him and was detained at the Melbourne Airport.

The suspect, a 33-year-old Malaysian national, was flying in from Kuala Lumpur. Upon arrival at the airport in Melbourne his suspicious behavior reportedly caught the attention of Australian Border Force officers. The officers searched the man and allegedly found 10 packets wrapped in masking tape. 3.5 kg of heroin was stuffed into the man’s jacket.

An now, on June 30, 2018, Malaysia Airlines officially confirmed that the suspect caught for smuggling heroin at the Melbourne Airport on May 13, 2018, was part of its cabin crew. In a statement, the airline said: "Malaysia Airlines confirms its cabin crew has been arrested by Australian authorities on May 13 (2018)," Malaysian news website The Star Online reports.

The Malaysian carrier did not provide further details in connection to the case pointing out that it is still under investigation, but pledges to fully cooperate with the authorities. Despite the official statement circulating the Malay and Australian media, a press release regarding the matter has not yet been issued by the airline.

Meanwhile, the suspect has been charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug as well as possessing a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border control drug. The man is due to appear in court on August 6, 2018, Channel News Asia indicates.

By the way, Malaysian Airlines operates two daily services on the Kuala Lumpur – Melbourne route. Its Malaysia-based rival AirAsiaX also operates the route with three daily flights, according to data by the flight tracking website Flightaware.