Nation’s biggest drug bust


PETALING JAYA: The police and the Customs Department made the country’s biggest drug bust and arrested 13 suspects, including nine foreigners, in two separate raids in Shah Alam.

The raiding party seized 500kg of ketamin and over 3.23 tonnes of cocaine worth over half a billion ringgit in the operation on Sunday.

In the first raid at Jalan PPAJ 1/1, Pusat Perdangan Alam Jaya, the raiding party seized 11 gunny sacks containing over 500kg of white powder believed to be ketamin.

The authorities nabbed 13 suspects, including nine foreigners, inside the shoplot.

Several hours later, two of the suspects led the raiding team to another shophouse at Jalan Musytari U5/AN, Subang Pelangi, U5 Shah Alam, where three tonnes of compressed bricks believed to be cocaine were found.

Customs Department director-general Datuk Seri Paddy Abd Halim confirmed the seizure.

“It is the biggest drug bust in Malaysian history,” he told The Star.

He said the raid was a collaboration between the department and the Bukit Aman Narcotic Crime Investigation Department.

“We aim to get rid of the drug menace in this country,” he said, crediting his men and the police with carrying out the operation.

He said more details would be given in a press conference on Friday.

It was also learnt that the suspects and drugs had been taken to Bukit Aman.

The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the death penalty upon conviction.

As of this year, one kg of ketamin is valued at RM60,000 on the street while one kg of cocaine is about RM200,000.

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