SHAH ALAM: Selangor police have crippled a drug processing syndicate with the arrest of nine people in a raid at a house in Setia Alam here.
State police chief Comm Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin said the 12.30pm raid was the result of intelligence by Bukit Aman and Shah Alam Narcotics CIDs over the past few months.
He said investigations found that the syndicate rented the two-storey terrace house for RM1,500 a month to live in and cover up their drug laboratory operation over the last six months, as the area was fully gated and guarded.
“During the raid, police seized 6.9kg of substance suspected to be heroin, 0.75kg of suspected heroin base, 1.25kg of suspected marijuana and 53.2kg of caffeine powder estimated to be worth RM149,585, as well as the drug laboratory’s processing apparatus.
“Eight men and a woman, aged 19 to 65, were arrested.
“The 65-year-old woman is unemployed and suspected to be the mother of one of the suspects.
“We are investigating her role because all of the suspects are believed to be related,” Comm Noor Azam told a press conference yesterday.
He said the laboratory could have produced 30-35kg of drugs every month for the local market.
“All the suspects, who are working as security guards, plumbers and labourers, have no previous criminal record and tested negative for drugs,” he said.
Police were investigating whether the syndicate had links with secret society gangs, he added.
Comm Noor Azam said six vehicles worth RM183,300 were also seized, as well as RM3,700 in cash, various branded watches with an estimated value of RM3,000 and jewellery worth RM25,300. — Bernama