KUALA LUMPUR: Police have crippled a drug processing and distribution chain with the arrest of three Iranians.
The syndicate is believed to be responsible for processing raw materials into recreational drugs.
The suspects, aged between 35 and 38, were arrested on Tuesday, following interrogation of five suspected drug pushers.
The five, three Malaysians and two foreign women aged between 22 and 57, were detained at a house in Jalan P. Ramlee.
City police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said police also seized 1.05kg of heroin and 3.035kg of methamphetamine at the premises.
He said urine tests on four of the suspects came back positive for meth.
“After questioning the five suspects, we carried out a raid at a condominium in Jalan Delima.
“There, we busted the drug processing lab and arrested the three Iranians,” he told a press conference yesterday.
Comm Mazlan said police seized about 29kg of liquid meth and about 580g of solid meth.
“One of the suspects has been in the country for four years.
“The other two are here on social visit pass, and have been here for four months and five days, respectively,” he said.
Comm Mazlan said the drug seizures were estimated to be worth RM1.87mil, with another RM20,900 in cash.
All suspects have been remanded until next Tuesday.
He said the drugs were intended to be sold in the Klang Valley.
“Samples of the seized drugs have been sent to the lab to identify its quality.
“We believe it is of high quality. The street value of a kilogram of meth is around RM50,000,” he said.
Comm Mazlan commended the public for the tip-off that lead to the raids.
He also said that there has been a spike in drug activities in Sentul.
“I have instructed our narcotic officers to focus on the area,” he said.