GEORGE TOWN: Penang police have busted a drug processing lab in Butterworth and recovered various drugs worth RM60,000.
Penang Narcotic department chief Supt Guan Beng Kang (pic) said that following a tip off, the police had searched a man at an apartment in Jalan Raja Uda in Butterworth at around 10.30pm on Sunday, and discovered a small amount of syabu.
"We later raided the 48-year-old man's unit and his car, where we found more drugs and liquid acid which we believed was used by him to process drugs," he told a press conference in Penang police headquarters on Tuesday.
He said the man is a chemist and he had misused his expertise in an illegal manner.
He said the police seized 3.038kg of heroin, 6.8gm of syabu and 11kg of caffeine during the raid.
"We believed that the drugs were intended to be distributed in the northern region,” he said.The suspect will be remanded until Saturday and the case is being investigated under Section 39B (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act which carries a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.