JOHOR BARU: Police detained three local men believed to be drug traffickers and seized drugs worth RM3.2mil in four separate raids around the city two days ago.
State police chief Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the raids were the result of a collaboration between the Johor and Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Departments after detecting the gang’s activities five months ago.
He said the three men, aged between 27 and 31 who are believed to be the masterminds, were arrested between 3pm and 6am at three separate places namely a house and steel warehouse in Taman Mount Austin, Kulai Toll Plaza and a house in Taman Desa Tebrau.
“The raids, conducted consecutively, netted 119,400 Erimin 5 pills, 17,450 ecstasy pills, 8,414gm of ecstasy powder, 220gm of ketamine and 415 gm of liquid syabu,” he told reporters here yesterday.
Apart from drugs, he said police also seized a Mercedes Benz, a Toyota Vios, a chain, two rings, Rolex and Casio watches and cash amounting RM2,350.
Mohd Khalil said the drugs, which were believed to be for the international and local markets, were obtained from a northern state.
So far, police were not denying the possibility that Johor was being earmarked as a transit point for the drug syndicate, he said.
“We are also not ruling out the possibility that the drugs were delivered via Pos Laju based on the envelopes used but investigations and search for other suspects are ongoing,” he said.
According to him, two of the suspects were tested positive for drugs and all three have criminal records.
The suspects have been remanded until June 7 to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. — Bernama