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Published: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 10:15:47 AM

Coach leads double life as criminal

SHAH ALAM: He portrayed himself as a simple man who coached a teenage football team in a village in Klang as a hobby.

No one expected the 45-year-old man to be a criminal with a heroin processing syndicate.

He also had a history of other drug-related offences.

He was busted with RM1.38mil worth of heroin, along with four other accomplices, during a raid by the Selangor police narcotics division at a house in Damansara on Nov 28.

Police sources said the group had been in operation for three months, moving from place to place, using makeshift labs to process the heroin.

The syndicate would process the drug and add colour and flavour (vanilla or pandan) to make snorting the drug more tasteful.

The drugs would then be distributed to addicts in the Klang Valley.

“Following the raid, we went after other members of the syndicate and arrested five people in Puchong, Cheras and Sentul on Nov 29.

“We have successfully arrested nine men and a woman in relation to the case.

“Eight of them are locals while the other two are Indian nationals, aged between 22 and 50.

“Five of them were found to have previous criminal and drug-related records,” said Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan, adding that most of the suspects were odd-job workers.

He said police confiscated 37kg of heroin worth RM1.38mil, as well as cash and other assets worth RM505,181.

All suspects are being remanded until Dec 5 and are being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, while police are still on the lookout for other members of the syndicate.

Tags / Keywords: Courts & Crime, Drugs, Football, Coach, Heroin, Damansara

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