10 arrested in separate drug raids

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  • Friday, 13 Jun 2003

IPOH: Ten people were arrested for allegedly trafficking in 32.44kg of ganja and 5,730 amphetamine pills in two separate operations over the past week in Gerik. 

Bukit Aman Narcotics department director Deputy Comm Datuk Mamat Talib said in the first incident, his officers found 34 ganja slabs with a street value of about RM65,000 after searching the boot of a car at the 59th km of the North-South Expressway at 12.30am on June 6. 

He said police arrested the four suspects aged between 31 and 40. Three were from Perlis and one from Perak.  

“We believe the ganja slabs were brought in from a neighbouring country via Kelantan.  

“This is not the usual route for delivery of drugs to Perak as they usually come from Betong, Thailand. Drugs from Kelantan are normally channelled to Johor. 

“We are investigating this new trend but our assumption is that drugs fetch a better price in the west coast,” he said yesterday. 

Police also froze RM239,242.22 in assets belonging to the group, he said. 

On the amphetamine pills, DCP Mamat said six men, aged between 25 and 49, from Kelantan were arrested at the Banding resthouse after Perak narcotics officers found the pills in one of the two cars belonging to the group at 2.40pm on June 10. 

“We believe the pills, lower grade from Ecstasy, are also meant for local consumption in the west coast,” he said, adding that each pill could fetch between RM25 and RM30 here. 

He said police were investigating if the two groups were linked.  

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