Major drug syndicate busted

Comm Sahabudin (third left) looking at the seized drugs during the press conference at the state police headquarters in George Town, Penang.

THE Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID), together with Penang and Perak NCID, have crippled a drug processing and distribution syndicate worth RM177,210 in 10 raids in Penang and Perak.

Eight local men, aged between 20 and 49 years old, were arrested in an operation that began at 5pm on Nov 22 and was completed at 3pm on Nov 23.

Penang police chief Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said of the eight suspects, one of them was a lorry driver and the rest were unemployed.

“In the raids, NCID seized various drugs worth RM177,210.

“The drugs include 10.17kg of heroin worth RM113,000, 0.375kg of heroin base (RM34,820), 620 estasy pills (RM11,160), 0.143kg methamphetamine (RM14,300), 20 Erimin 5 pills (RM300) and 10.37kg white material believed to be caffeine (RM3,630).

“All suspects will be investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction,” he said during a press conference at the state police headquarters in Penang Road yesterday.

Comm Sahabudin added that police first managed to arrest two suspects aged 33 and 40 years old in front of a condominium-turned-mini drug lab in Batu Uban, Penang.

“The police raided the unit and found heroin, heroin base, caffeine powder and also discovered materials and equipment to process heroin.

“After interrogating one of the suspects, the police officers ambushed a car in Gelugor, Penang and found heroin in it.

“The police then carried out several raids at Bukit Gantang and Ipoh in Perak, and Ayer Itam and Simpang Empat in Penang.

“The first two suspects tested positive for opiates while the rest of the suspects tested negative for drugs in their urine tests,” he said.

Comm Sahabudin said the drugs could have supported the habits of 44,255 users in Penang, Perak and Kedah.

“All the suspects are remanded under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

“Two of them are remanded for four days, while the rest are remanded for seven days beginning Nov 23.

“We also seized seven vehicles worth RM369,000, cash worth RM14,800 and jewellery worth RM25,530 under the Dangerous Drugs Act (Forfeiture of Property) 1988.

“The total drugs and items seized are worth RM586,540,” he said.

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