Cops bust drug syndicate, nets 2,060kg of drugs worth RM103mil

PASIR GUDANG: Police have crippled a drug distribution syndicate and seized 2,060kg of drugs believed to be syabu worth RM103.2mil.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh said this was the biggest drug haul in the country's police history.

He said police have arrested six local men, aged between 35 and 45, in three separate raids on March 19 between 7.30am and 10am at three separate places in Taman Desa Cemerlang and Taman Pelangi Indah in Ulu Tiram.

"Initial investigation showed the drugs were for local and international markets," Comm Mohamad said in a press conference at the Seri Alam Police District headquarters here on Friday (March 22).

He said the drugs, packed as Guanyinwang Chinese tea, were believed to be smuggled from the "Golden Triangle" countries, comprising Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

Comm Mohamad said the syndicate has been around for some time, adding that apart from domestic market, they were also meant for distribution in Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, Australia, Japan and New Zealand.

"The 2,060kg of drugs were hidden in a container near a fish pond at the oil palm plantation in Taman Desa Cemerlang," said Comm Mohamad, adding that the drugs could cater to 10.3 million drug users.

He said police also seized seven vehicles, RM6,270 in cash, three watches and gold jewellery worth around RM489,000.

Comm Mohamad attributed the success of the raid to a 2-week joint cooperation between the police, Malaysian Maritime and Customs Department.

The suspects have been remanded until March 27 to assist with investigations, and the case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.


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