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Designer drug ring crippled

KUALA LUMPUR: For the past six months, a syndicate has been supplying designer drugs from China to entertainment outlets in Malaysia, especially in the Klang Valley. Then Bukit Aman came knocking.

Collaborating with Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, the Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) and Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (Sting) uncovered the drug-trafficking ring and raided four of their strongholds here.

Among the premises raided were a snooker centre along Jalan Tun Razak and an apartment in Taman Desa.

Police seized drugs worth RM2.5mil, which included 19,661 ecstasy pills, 21,396 Erimin 5 pills and 2,283 capsules of ecstasy.

They also arrested nine syndicate members aged between 22 and 46.

“If the pills were not seized, it would have catered to 140,000 addicts. We also seized 30.5kg Ephedrine, a vital chemical in producing syabu. That amount would have produced 20kg syabu, catering to 100,000 addicts,” NCID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said at a press conference yesterday.

Some RM830,000 of the syndicate’s assets – eight vehicles, including luxury models, currencies of various denominations and luxury watches – were also seized, added Comm Mohd Mokhtar.

“The success would not have been possible without the cooperation of our Taiwanese counterparts.

“This war against drugs is not just a domestic problem. It is borderless.”

Between January and April 17, the NCID and Sting have seized drugs worth RM81.9mil and seized RM49.16mil of assets belonging to syndicates.

“The top four drugs seized during this period are 336.25kg of syabu, 21.92kg of ketamin, 47,334 ecstasy pills and 2.5 million Erimin 5 pills.

“We have also arrested 57,872 people for various drug-related offences, including 2,385 foreigners,” he said.

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