GEORGE TOWN: Two of the most notorious gangs in Penang have been colluding for six months to run a drug processing and trafficking ring for the local market.
The ‘joint venture’ between Sio Sam Ong (Three Little Emperors) and Gang 04 however, did not last long when police smashed their operations, seizing RM1.5mil worth of drugs and more than RM1mil cash.
The state contingent Narcotics CID, in a joint operation with Bukit Aman’s Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (Sting), nabbed two Gang 04 members and three Sio Sam Ong men in three separate raids here.
They first raided a house in Sungai Ara at 9.30am on Tuesday, uncovering a drug processing laboratory and arrested a 39-year-old Gang 04 member.
A following raid at 12.20pm on a house in Bayan Lepas saw the arrest of a 27-year-old fellow gang member. It was believed that the house was used to store the drugs before distribution.
After interrogating the two suspects, Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi said, the team then raided a hideout in Butterworth at 10.45pm on the same day, where three Sio Sam Ong members, aged between 45 and 53, were arrested.
He said the drugs seized were 24.75kg heroin, 1.23kg heroin base, 0.6kg syabu and 24kg caffeine, while the cash consisted of RM1.07mil, HKD2,500 (RM1,229), 5,700 Chinese yuan (RM3,497), and 127,900 Thai baht (RM13,981).
“We also confiscated jewellery and luxury watches worth about RM84,000 and impounded four cars and a motorcycle, believed to be purchased from the ill-gotten gains.
“The five suspects will be remanded until Monday for investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for drug trafficking,” SDCP Abdul Rahim told a press conference at the state police headquarters in Penang Road yesterday.
He added that three of the five suspects have previous criminal records.
Penang police have so far this year busted 10 drug labs, seized drugs worth RM7.4mil and nabbed 31 suspects.