Stakeout on painter’s home leads to discovery of drugs centre

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 16 Nov 2005

MUAR: A two-week surveillance of a painter living in an apartment along Jalan Haji Jaib here led to the busting of an Ecstasy and syabu processing centre here. 

The Muar narcotics branch team led by anti-narcotics branch chief Asst Supt Soh Hock Seng also arrested six men and a woman, and seized more than RM16,600 cash from the apartment. 

Muar police chief Asst Comm Daud Ahmad said the team found some 550 pills believed to be Ecstasy, 2g of syabu, 180g of ketamine, and more than 1kg of amphetamine powder. 

He said the six men, aged between 17 and 39, and the woman, aged 24 and married to one of the men, had been remanded for six days. 

The team had begun keeping watch on the painter, who had three cars and lived in an apartment, after being tipped off by the public. 

The apartment, located on the first floor of Pangsapuri Intan, also had a CCTV camera installed near the door, ACP Daud told reporters yesterday. 

He said the police team suspected during their surveillance that the apartment could be a drug processing and packaging centre for distribution among local users. 

He said ASP Soh and his team decided to raid the apartment about 4am yesterday and managed to arrest the seven people and seize drug-processing apparatus. 

“We will investigate the source of the drugs, including the powdered amphetamine, to identify the suppliers,” ACP Daud said. 

“We believe the centre had been involved in processing and distributing Ecstasy and syabu pills since July.”  

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