Cops cripple two drug syndicates with arrests of 18 suspects

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  • Monday, 29 Jul 2019

SEMENYIH: Police have crippled two drug syndicates with the arrest of 18 suspects following operations in Johor, Melaka and the Klang Valley.

Narcotics Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said they arrested five suspects in Johor and the Klang Valley on July 27.

"We also seized 64.5kg of syabu, 2.7kg of ketamin, 77,500 ecstasy pills as well as 57 packets believed to also contain drugs.

"The drugs were estimated to be worth at least RM5.8mil.

"Further investigations revealed the syndicate got its supply of ecstasy from Europe while the syabu was believed to have been smuggled from the Golden Triangle," he told reporters at the Semenyih police station Monday (July 29).

Comm Mohd Khalil said police also seized RM9,523 cash as well as an assortment of foreign currencies.

"We also seized five vehicles including a Mercedes Benz, Toyota Camry, Nissan Almera and Honda City."

He said further investigations revealed one of the five suspects arrested was a 36-year-old drug kingpin.

"The suspect has a prior record for drug-related crimes," he said.

A day earlier, police had crippled a ketamin processing laboratory in Melaka as well as arrested 13 suspects in Kuala Lumpur believed to be involved in the syndicate.

"We seized 13.4kg of ketamin, 592g of syabu, 57 ecstasy pills and seven Erimin 5 pills.

"We also seized an assortment of chemicals and equipment believed to be used in processing the drugs," he said, adding that the drugs were believed to be worth RM836,000.

He said following the arrest of the kingpin, police have launched the "Ops Ice Breaker".

"This campaign will continue until Aug 4," he said.

Comm Khalil said the police arrested 2,063 suspects during the first few hours of Ops Ice Breaker.

"We arrested 152 for allegedly supplying drugs, 82 under the special preventive measures, 407 for possession, 1,392 for testing positive for drugs as well as 30 wanted suspects since we launched the operations on Monday," he said.
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