KUALA LUMPUR: A syndicate selling vape liquid laced with ganja juice for RM80 per 15ml bottle has been smashed by police.
Seven people, including two couples and an engineering student, were nabbed after police raided the gang’s lairs in Banting, Ampang and Kelana Jaya.
Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the syndicate sold the vape liquids after mixing them with ganja from their mini drug laboratory in Bandar Mahkota, Banting.
“This syndicate liquefies the ganja and adds a few drops of the drugs into the vape juice.
“They take orders online and deliver to customers by courier,” he told a press conference in Bukit Aman yesterday.
Comm Mohd Mokhtar said police also seized ganja-laced biscuits and cakes sold by the syndicate.
He said if certain people became regular customers, the gang members would even provide cash on delivery service.
Initial investigations showed that the group had been operating since August, he added.
“The bottles of liquid amounted to 3,210 litres and we also seized 7.1kg of ganja,” he said, adding that the items seized were worth RM38,000.
Comm Mohd Mokhtar said the syndicate was thorough in packaging the vape products.
“They wrapped the bottles with stickers which had pictures of cannabis. At the back of the bottle, they even listed the ‘health’ benefits of the product,” he said.
He added that the two married couples tested positive for drug abuse following the raids by the Special Tactics and Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING).
He vowed that similar syndicates would be brought to justice.
“There is no way they can hide from us. The best weapon to curb crime is cooperation between the public and the police,” he said.
Sources revealed that the condominium in Ampang used by the syndicate was the distribution centre for the ganja vape.
A vaper, who wanted to be known only as John, said he was aware of such liquid vape being sold but never wanted to look for them.
“I salute the police’s effort in hunting down such sellers. It gives the vape industry a bad name.
“I totally support the move to regulate this industry so that certain people do not sell illegal substances,” he said.