KUALA LUMPUR: Three Indonesians who ran a sundry shop in Ulu Klang devised a cunning method to peddle drugs – they hid syabu in spools of thread.
Customers could buy the drugs on the pretext of buying thread to avoid being detected by the police.
Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Jalil Hassan said that the customers would ask for the drug using a code word and how many spools they wished to buy.
“The little side business, which was running for roughly six months, unravelled when we raided their shop on Thursday,” he said, adding that police found RM3,000 worth of syabu hidden in the spools of thread in the shop at Taman Permai.
Police also seized over 100 cartons of contraband cigarettes worth about RM7,000 in the shop run by the three aged 22, 41 and 45.
ACP Abdul Jalil added that two of the men also tested positive for drugs.
In an unrelated case, a drug runner led police on a 30-minute high-speed car chase after they interrupted his nap in his Proton Wira at a rest area along the Karak Highway near Gombak at about 6.15am yesterday.
During the chase, the man rammed through a toll gate at the Gombak toll plaza before coming to an abrupt stop when he collided into a Proton Iswara.
ACP Abdul Jalil said police found a small packet of syabu and 41 packets of heroin worth about RM7,400 in the Proton Wira.
He added that the drug runner sustained injuries to his hand and head. The passengers in the Iswara, a father and son, also suffered injuries.
All were sent to the Ampang Hospital and were reported to be stable.