Two Germans and a Moroccan man are facing the death penalty on charges of smuggling more than 10 kilogrammes of methamphetamine into Malaysia, known for its strict anti-drug laws.

A district court near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport charged the three men on January 13 with drug trafficking, said a customs official who declined to be named.

Airport officials arrested the men arriving from Istanbul on January 1 after finding 10.2 kilogrammes of methamphetamine hidden in the bags they were carrying, the official said on Wednesday.

He said no plea had been recorded from the three pending the case’s transfer to a high court once a chemist report on the drugs is ready.

The two Germans have parents from Afghanistan but were born in Germany, while the Moroccan has lived in Germany for 15 years, the official said.

Authorities in the Southeast Asian country went on “red alert” late last year following a surge in arrests and drug seizures, tightening passenger and luggage screening.

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