KUALA LUMPUR: Police crippled a Nigerian drug smuggling syndicate, stopped an attempt to courier drugs to Australia and seized about RM2mil worth of syabu – all in one day.
The drug syndicate was busted with the arrest of three Nigerians and an Indonesian in raids at Bandar Baru Puchong, Selangor.
Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) and Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING) personnel conducted the raids on Thursday.
NCID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the raids, which took place between 10.30am and 1.30pm, also netted RM1.9mil worth of syabu.
In one raid, a Nigerian and the Indonesian were arrested in a car parked outside a hypermarket in Puchong after police swooped in and found 5kg of syabu in the vehicle, he said.
Another raid, this time on a condominium unit in Bandar Baru Bukit Puchong, uncovered a 2.9kg stash of syabu.
Police then raided another condominium unit, in Taman Puchong Prima, and arrested a Nigerian man and woman who were in the premises. The unit had been under surveillance for some time.
The entire load of syabu was valued at RM1.9mil, said Comm Mohd Mokhtar.
He said the two Nigerian men were aged 33 and 35 while the woman was 22. The Indonesian was a 25-year-old.
“One of them is a student,” he said.
The suspects will be remanded until Oct 16.
Police are investigating under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act which carries a mandatory death penalty on conviction.
In a separate case, police found RM100,000 worth of syabu hidden in a religious book intended for delivery by a Selangor courier company to Australia.
It was in a parcel with two other religious books and was discovered during a raid by the NCID and STING at 8pm the same day.
Comm Mohd Mokhtar said the book contained 260gm of the drug, which is an amphetamine derivative.
No arrest was made.
He said this was not the first time that drug smugglers tried to use a courier service.
“Between January and now, we stopped three attempts to export drugs to Australia via courier,” he said.
Police are also investigating whether the courier company was working with the traffickers.