KUALA LUMPUR: Police recovered around RM2.1mil in cash during raids to cripple a drug syndicate.
The syndicate, which included a policeman, was taken down when officers from the Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (Sting) and Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) conducted simultaneous raids across the country on Wednesday and Thursday.
Drugs such as syabu, Eramin 5 and ecstasy pills, as well as ganja were seized during the raids within the federal capital and in Johor and Negri Sembilan.
Among the eight arrested was a policeman, who was arrested in Setapak.
During a press conference, NCID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said the policeman is believed to have been an informant and drug dealer for the syndicate.
“He is a low-ranking policeman working in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.
A Malaysian couple, with previous records, was apprehended at an apartment in Seri Petaling. Investigators seized 10.3kg of syabu there.
It is learnt that police found the cash stashed in a car there. The couple are the mastermind.
All eight, aged between 30 and 59, have been remanded for seven days.
The estimated value of the drugs was around RM721,000.
Police also impounded eight vehicles, including two luxury cars.
In a related development, Comm Mohmad revealed that there was an increase in the amount of drugs seized in 2017.
“Last year, we seized 86 tonnes of drugs, four million pills of various kinds and 99 million litres of liquid drugs. This is a 5% increase compared to 2016,” he said.