KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Three Indian nationals suspected of distributing cheap counterfeit liquor to retailers around Selayang and Desa Jaya have been arrested following the death of six Myanmar men who recently died due to methanol poisoning.
All the suspects were detained at a rented home in Taman Bukit Desa, here at 2.45 am, in the operation codenamed "Op Methanol".
Gombak District Police Chief ACP Samsor Maarof said all the suspects, in their 30s, had entered the country using social visit passes and had been actively producing the liquor for the past six months.
"The police seized 870 bottles and 271 cans of liquor and we are expecting more to be seized," he said during a press conference at the Gombak District Police Headquarters here on Wednesday (Oct 3).
He said investigations found that the three suspects had no criminal records and the case was being investigated under Section 304(b) of the Penal Code.
Samsor said all the suspects have been remanded for four days until Saturday (Oct 6) to assist with investigations.
Asked if there were any recent deaths due to toxic methanol poisoning in the Gombak district, Samsor said there were none so far.
More than 30 people comprising foreigners and locals have died, with dozens more admitted to hospitals around the Klang Valley, Perak and Negri Sembilan due to methanol poisoning.
Meanwhile, in Klang, the police have detained three local men and seized RM40,000 worth of liquor in two raids conducted Tuesday (Oct 2) and early Wednesday.
South Klang District Police chief ACP Shamsul Amar Ramli said the first raid was conducted at a house in Bandar Bukit Tinggi at about 11.15 pm, where a 28-year-old suspect believed to be the middleman was arrested.
He said the suspect then led the police to a terrace house in Taman Sentosa at about 12.15 am, where two others, aged 18 and 24 who were guarding the premises were also arrested.
"At the terrace house, about 12,800 cans and bottles of liquor comprising 19 brands were seized, which included brands such as Kingfisher, Mandalay Whiskey and Grand Royal Whiskey, and believed to have high methanol content.
"The terrace house is believed to be turned into a warehouse for the smuggled liquor," he said, adding that the liquor was believed to have been brought in from India and then distributed to unlicensed liquor stores. – Bernama