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DCP Ismail (left) holding up some of the cigarettes from the seized 63 cartons during a press conference in Johor Baru.
JOHOR BARU: Police have arrested a 41-year-old Indonesian drug mule who carried 3.1kg of syabu in a special compartment in his luggage while travelling from India.
The substance with a street value of RM621,600 was seized when police raided a hotel room in Senai, Kulaijaya, at about 6pm yesterday.
Johor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ismail Yatim said that the suspect, believed to be working for an international drug ring, had brought in the drugs by hiding them in a special compartment in his luggage via the Senai International Airport.
“We put the luggage under an airport scanner and the drugs could not be detected. We believe that the syndicate may have used this tactic many times before to avoid detection,” he said at a press conference here.
He said that the drugs could cater for some 15,540 addicts, adding that the suspect had tested negative for drugs and would be remanded until next Tuesday to assist in their investigations.
In a separate case, DCP Ismail said that police had arrested six suspects including a 16-year-old girl who were part of a syndicate involved in at least three break-ins and eight robberies in the Johor Baru North area.
He said that during the group’s latest spree, three of the suspects robbed a sundry shop in Taman Perling here at about 6pm on Monday.
He said that police had seized a CCTV camera, an LCD television set, eight machetes, electrical tools and 63 cartons of cigarettes worth about RM20,000 from a Proton Waja that the syndicate used.
“We believe that the syndicate used the money they got from their illegal activities to invest in contraband cigarettes before selling them at a higher price than what they had bought them at,” he added.
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