KUALA LUMPUR: A syndicate, which 'imported' its supply of drugs via air cargo, was busted with the seizure of RM8.74mil worth of syabu following multiple raids in the city.
It is learnt the syndicate, consisting of Nigerians and locals, has been in operation since Jan this year, with drugs sourced from overseas.
To avoid detection, the syndicate wrapped packets of syabu with aluminium foil to escape detection by x-ray scans at airports.
Acting on a tip-off, police conducted a raid along Jalan Syed Putra at about 7.30pm Thursday and arrested a Nigerian and a local man as they were in the midst of transferring a box of drugs from one car to another.
A check revealed the box contained 43.7kg of syabu worth RM8.74mil.
Follow-up operations by police led them to detain two local women at hotels in Lorong Kapar and Damansara respectively.
Federal Narcotics department director Comm Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said police also seized cash amounting to RM7,784 and US$8,450 (RM27,500) as well as five luxury cars.
He explained the four suspects, aged between 25 and 55, have been remanded and will be investigated for drug trafficking.
"Initial investigation revealed the Nigerian man is studying at a language institute in the city.
"We believe it is a common cover for such syndicate members," he told a press conference in Bukit Aman Friday.
Comm Noor Rashid said police are tracking down the remaining members of the syndicate."This success is due to the cooperation of the public...we look forward to more collaboration in the future," he said.