JB police bust drug syndicate, syabu worth RM1.5mil seized


ACP Mohd Taib Ahmad (centre) holding up the drugs, believed to be syabu, seized during the raid.

ACP Mohd Taib Ahmad (centre) holding up the drugs, believed to be syabu, seized during the raid.

JOHOR BARU: The police have busted an attempt to distribute RM1.5mil worth of drugs in a raid here in Skudai.

Johor Baru North OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Taib Ahmad said a 32-year-old local man was also arrested during the raid at a shophouse in Taman Impian Emas at about 4.30pm on Tuesday (April 30).

"We found about 27.39kg of drugs believed to be syabu packed into 28 packets of Chinese tea in the premises.

"We believed the premises is a storage place for the drugs before being distributed to the local market," he said at a press conference at the Johor Baru North police headquarters here on Thursday (May 2).

ACP Mohd Taib does not discount the possibility of it being linked with other syndicates due to the way the drugs are packed.

"The modus operandi of hiding the drugs in tea packets is similar to the ones discovered in other raids, including one of the biggest drug hauls in Pasir Gudang in March this year," he said.

He added that the drugs were found on the first floor of the newly constructed two-storey shophouse.

"We managed to nab the suspect after gathering intel for about three days prior to the raid.

"The suspect who also works in a private company near the area tested negative for drugs.

"He will be remanded for seven days starting Wednesday (May 1)," ACP Mohd Taib said, adding that the case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

ACP Mohd Taib also that some 630 individuals had been arrested in Johor Baru since the beginning of this year for various drugs related crimes.

"Some 76.99kg of drugs of various types worth about RM2.57mil had also been seized in the first four months of 2019," he said.