KUALA LUMPUR: A syndicate which smuggled in drugs overseas via air cargo was busted with the seizure of close to RM9mil worth of syabu in multiple raids in the city.
It is learnt that the syndicate consisting of Nigerians and Malaysians has been in operation since January.
To avoid detection, syndicate members wrapped packets of syabu with aluminium foil to pass through X-ray scans at the airport.
Acting on a tipoff, police arrested a Nigerian and a Malaysian as they were transporting a box of drugs from one car to another in Jalan Syed Putra at about 7.30pm on Thursday.
The box contained 43.7kg of syabu worth RM8.74mil. Follow-up operations led police to detain two women at a hotel in Lorong Kapar and Damansara.
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 cars.
He said the four suspects were between 25 and 55 years old.
“Initial investigation revealed that the Nigerian man has a student visa to study at a language institute in the city. We believe it is a common cover for such syndicate members,” he told reporters in Bukit Aman yesterday.