KAJANG: Police have busted a major drug processing lab in the Bukit Angkat industrial area here, and seized drugs worth RM17.53mil.
Ten men, including a former drug runner-turned-chemist, were arrested in raids in the Klang Valley.
Drugs seized in the raids, which also brought down two international syndicates, comprised 20.7kg of syabu, 84.2kg of Erimin 5 powder, 51kg of ketamine and 93.25kg of chemicals.
Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) acting director Deputy Comm Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said they arrested the men, aged between 28 and 69, during the raids in Cheras and Kajang on May 28 and 29.
One of the suspects arrested at the drug lab was a 69-year-old man, who was arrested in a major drug bust in Semenyih in 2004, he said.
“He was released after serving his time in prison. He was just a regular drug runner 15 years ago.
“Now, he has ‘graduated’ and has become the syndicate’s chemist,” DCP Kamarul Zaman told reporters here yesterday.
“In the first series of raids, we arrested seven syndicate members and seized 20.7kg of syabu.
“The second series of raids in Kajang led us to another syndicate’s drug processing lab where the bulk of the drugs was seized. Three men were arrested,” he said.
The syndicate, said DCP Kamarul Zaman, had been operating the drug lab for more than three months.
In both raids, 10 vehicles, including a Toyota Vellfire, a Volkswagen Jetta, a Mazda 6 and a Lexus were seized. The vehicles are worth more than RM1.5mil.
“We also seized more than RM200,000 in cash and other items along with drug processing equipment,” he said.
DCP Kamarul Zaman said the 84.2kg of Erimin 5 powder would have produced 421,000 pills.
“The drugs would have catered to 700,000 addicts,” he said.
He added that initial investigations revealed that the syndicates were targeting both local and overseas markets.
Between January and May 26, the NCID have arrested 77,662 people for various drug-related offences, including 11,738 for trafficking.
“We also seized RM207.69mil worth of drugs this year.
“Syabu tops the list of drugs seized with 3.5 tonnes, followed by ketamine (127.7kg) and ecstasy pills (25.39kg),” he said.