Two major drug syndicates crippled


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 26 Jan 2003

BY BEH YUEN HUI

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have crippled two major syndicates which smuggled and distributed drugs like Eramin, Ecstasy, Ketamine and cannabis in Johor and the Klang Valley with the arrest of 29 people recently. 

Federal narcotics director Deputy Comm Datuk Mamat Talib said police also seized about RM200,000 and eight cars from them.  

Among those nabbed were a Thai couple and a local man, all aged between 27 and 39, who were in a car with Thai number plates.  

BIG HAUL: (From left) Federal narcotics deputy director Senior Asst Comm (I) Datuk Mangsor Ismail, Selangor narcotics chief Supt Mohd Adnan Ismail and DCP Mamat taking a closer look at the drugs police had seized from the two syndicates during a press conference in Bukit Aman Saturday.

Police stopped the car in Ipoh last Monday and found 35kg of cannabis in the car and a further 17kg in a special compartment under the car's back bumper. 

DCP Mamat said police first detained 11 syndicate members and recovered psychotropic pills including Eramin 5, Ecstasy and Ketamine, two fake guns, samurai swords, five luxury cars and some cash from them in November last year. 

“A follow-up operation led us to arrest three more people including a woman at KL International Airport moments after they landed. We then picked up five more men and a woman before raiding the syndicate's laboratory cum store in Johor Baru,'' he said yesterday. 

He said police recovered 12kg of Katemine, 5,500 Ecstasy pills, 600 pills of Eramin 5 and some equipment used to process drugs from the laboratory. We also seized some cash and three cars from them.'' 

DCP Mamat said the Thai couple and the local man were detained after police from the Selangor narcotics department, acting on a tip-off, had nabbed six drugs traffickers, aged between 19 and 39, in Klang and Shah Alam and recovered 10kg of cannabis from them on Jan 7. 

“Further investigations by the police found that the drugs were smuggled into the country from southern Thailand,'' he said. 

He said the syndicate members smuggled the drugs into the country using cars which had been modified and added with secret compartments.  

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