GEORGE TOWN: Two women were among five suspected drug syndicate members picked up by police during an early morning raid at an apartment in Jalan Harbour Place in Butterworth on Monday (Nov 27).
Acting Penang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Roslee Chik said the five suspects, aged between 23 and 32, sold drugs packed in drinks sachets at entertainment outlets in the state.
"When my men stormed the apartment, which was rented since some five months ago, they were all in the unit.
"We recovered ecstasy powder weighing about 3.48kg and 50.7gm of ketamine powder, with a street value of about RM349,260," he told a press conference on Wednesday (Nov 29).
DCP Roslee said the syndicate would mix about 0.4gm of drugs to chocolate beverage, juice and detox drinks in each sachet before resealing the packets at the apartment.
"They then sold the sachets to middlemen in entertainment outlets at about RM100 per sachet.
"Each sachet can be made into a jug of drink, which could be shared between three and four 'customers'.
"We are now investigating the remaining syndicate members and leader, and the source of the drugs," he added.
Police also seized five luxury cars, jewellery and cash, worth some RM475,000.
"The suspects are being remanded until Sunday (Dec 3) pending investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952," he said.
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