KUALA LUMPUR: A group of Iranians believed to be processing and smuggling syabu for more than three months were nabbed in a sting operation Thursday.
The Bukit Aman Narcotic Crime Investigations Department (NCID) had been monitoring the syndicate's activities of smuggling syabu via metal canisters, brought into the country through a port.
Federal NCID director Comm Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said police raided a luxury condominium in Mont Kiara in the early hours of Thursday.
“We had reason to believe that the condominium unit was used as the syndicate's drug processing hub.
“When we raided the apartment, we found 218 metal canisters which contained crystalised syabu and 15.07 litres of liquid syabu,” he told a press conference at Bukit Aman Friday.
He added that police arrested four Iranians during the first raid and interrogations led to further raids in Cyberjaya, Jalan Ipoh, Petaling Jaya and Kepong.
“We arrested another 10 Iranians, two Uzbekistan nationals, two Filipinos and a Malaysian man in these raids,” he said, adding that police also seized another 1.69kg of syabu in powder form, 50 litres of liquid syabu and 630g of heroin.
He said police also found two bottles of Acetone, a bottle of Methanol and 2.5 litre of Sulfuric Acid which is believed to be for processing the syabu.
Comm Noor Rashid said police also seized eight cars including a Hyundai car, three Hondas, a Volvo, a Land Rover and a Mercedes as well as RM35,000 cash, US$3,500 cash and about RM800,000 worth of jewellery.
“We believe the syndicate was preparing the drugs for sale here as well as to be smuggled out to neighbouring countries,” he said, adding that police were investigating the case under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for drug trafficking.